Attorney General Sessions Set to Testify in Russia Probe Hearing

Attorney General Sessions Set to Testify in Russia Probe Hearing

Testifying at a packed Senate hearing, Sessions, who was a close Trump adviser during the battle for the presidency, also rejected any idea of misconduct in the ouster of FBI Director James Comey and vowed to defend his honor "against scurrilous and false allegations". "Further, I have no knowledge of any such conversations by anyone connected with the Trump campaign", Mr Sessions said.

Tom Cotton asked Sessions. Sessions told the committee he is protecting Trump's right to later on assert executive privilege "if he chooses".

"And I'm trying to give my best recusal answer in committees I've appeared before, and really people are suggesting through innuendo that I have not been honest about matters, and I'm trying to be honest".

The matter that Comey declined to disclose appears to refer to an ongoing inquiry over whether Sessions failed to disclose a third meeting with the Russian ambassador during a April 16 campaign event for then-presidential candidate Trump.

As a longtime senator from Alabama, Sessions will be granted some degree of deference, at least from Republicans.

"Many have suggested that my recusal is because I felt I was a subject of the investigation myself, that I may have done something wrong", Sessions added.

He denied allegations Tuesday that he perjured himself with that statement.

Under questioning from South Carolina Sen.

Rosenstein testified that he is the only one who has the authority to fire Mueller, who was appointed following the May 9 ousting of James Comey as Federal Bureau of Investigation director, and that he had seen no good cause to do so.

House Speaker Paul Ryan says the White House and President Donald Trump should let the special counsel's investigation continue, and await vindication.

While Sessions was quick to defend himself against allegations of collusion, he declined to answer numerous questions, including whether he knew of any discussions in the White House about future pardons in connection with the Russian Federation investigation.

Reports emerged that President Donald Trump may sack special counsel Robert Mueller. While he did not provide me with any of the content of the substance of the conversation, Mr. Comey expressed concern about proper communications protocol, " said Sessions. Maybe most prominent is the Democrats' insistence that those testifying share conversations they've had with President Trump. Ron Wyden. "I'm following historic policies of Department of Justice".

"I'm not going to follow any orders unless I believe those are proper and appropriate orders", he said.

Other Democrats also lost their patience with Sessions.

Sessions responded, "I don't believe I had any conversation with Russian businessmen or Russian nationals", before Harris interrupted him with a follow-up.

Sessions is expected to face sharp questions from his former Senate colleagues about his role in FBI Director James Comey's firing, his Russian contacts during the campaign and his decision to step aside from the investigation involving Moscow and the Trump campaign.

If Trump were targeting Mueller, dismissing him would not be a simple matter.

He says he is confident that Mueller will have "the full independence he needs" to investigate thoroughly. Susan Collins, R-Maine. I don't think your answer passes the smell test.

The Arkansas lawmaker then decided that was a good time to discuss movies and books with the attorney general.

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