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Jeff Sessions: 'Absolutely False' He Communicated with Russians as Trump Campaign Surrogate

Jeff Sessions: 'Absolutely False' He Communicated with Russians as Trump Campaign Surrogate

And he appeared to do that effectively in a strong opening statement, where he slammed the door shut on even the possibility that he had a third meeting with Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak. Mark Warner, the vice chairman of the Senate intelligence committee.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions is a star player in two key controversies about the Trump administration: the investigation into Donald Trump campaign's connections with Russian Federation and whether the president improperly interfered in an FBI investigation.

Sessions's recusal - his justification for it, and the scope of how he defines it - is central to the integrity of the FBI's investigation into Russian interference in our election, and possible Trump campaign collusion with it. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., asked Sessions whether Trump records his conversations in the White House.

Harris: So did you not consult it before you came before this committee knowing we would ask you questions about it?

Those calls have escalated since fired FBI Director James Comey cryptically told lawmakers on Thursday that the bureau had expected Sessions to recuse himself weeks before he did from an investigation into contacts between Trump campaign associates and Russian Federation during the 2016 presidential election.

During his testimony before the Senate Intelligence Committee, Attorney General Jeff Sessions repeatedly denied having any knowledge of or involvement in colluding with Russian Federation to impact the outcome of the 2016 presidential election, calling such a suggestion an "appalling and detestable lie". "I hope you can let this go". He said that he did not recuse himself because he may be a subject of the investigation; instead, he said Justice Department regulations demanded his recusal because of his prior relationship with the Trump campaign.

Sessions said he only discussed the conversation because he believed Trump had disclosed it publicly already.

Sessions responded, "I can say that absolutely and I have no hesitation to do so".

Sanders confirmed that the President did interview Robert Mueller as a candidate for FBI director the day before he was named special counsel of the federal investigation into the Trump campaign and Russian Federation ties.

Schumer closed by commenting on rumors that special prosecutor President Donald Trump is considering firing special counsel Robert Mueller, stating that it would plunge America into a constitutional crisis.

Mueller also won votes of support Tuesday from the top two Republicans in Congress, House Speaker Paul Ryan of Wisconsin and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, both of whom said they have confidence in him.

"I agree with that", Blunt said.

The details of a February 14 Oval Office meeting, where Sessions and other top aides left the room and Trump talked to Comey alone. Ron Wyden. "I'm following historic policies of Department of Justice".

The Missouri Republican, who so far has voted with the president 100 percent of the time, is one of eight Republicans on the intensely watched Senate Intelligence Committee. The attorney general later recused himself from the investigation into Trump campaign contacts with Russian Federation. And that principle is that the Constitution provides the head of the executive branch certain privileges.

"Mr. Sessions, are you familiar with what spies call "tradecraft"?"

"My understanding is you took an oath, you raised your right hand here today, and you said you would solemnly swear to tell the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth", Heinrich said. But he did not answer the question of why, if those discussions began so early in his tenure, he waited another three weeks to recuse himself. "You are impeding this investigation".

But he refused to discuss the reports "because I know nothing about the investigation".

Sessions said he learned from Comey that he felt concerned about being left alone with the president but that, since Comey did not relay details of the conversation, he had no way of knowing it was improper. He said he was not silent, but instead stressed to Comey the need to be careful about following appropriate policies.

"I did not have any private meetings nor do I recall any conversations with any Russian officials at the Mayflower Hotel", Sessions said.

But the attorney general's pushed back hard when asked what those problematic matters could be, retorting: "There are none!" A highly educated woman of color, focused on getting answers and who knows what she is doing, grilling the racist, old, incompetent Attorney General in front of the country on TV was way too much to bear.

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