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Jeff Sessions Testifies He Never Discussed Election With Russians

Jeff Sessions Testifies He Never Discussed Election With Russians

Similar to former FBI Director James Comey, who testified before the same committee last week, Sessions came out ready to defend himself.

"I recused myself from any investigation into the campaign for president, but I did not recuse myself from defending my honor against scurrilous and false allegations", he said.

Sessions refused to say whether he had ever discussed the Russian Federation investigation with Trump, arguing that he could not disclose private communications with the president.

When asked by Sen.

"I do not" Sessions said when asked whether he knows whether the president records his conversations.

Sarah Huckabee Sanders tells reporters aboard Air Force One that the president wasn't able to watch much of Sessions' testimony.

The North Carolina Republican senator gave the update Tuesday at the beginning of an open hearing to hear testimony from Attorney General Jeff Sessions.

Steve Vladeck, a constitutional law professor at the University of Texas School of Law, said that Sessions' responses on Tuesday struck him as "incoherent". Ron Wyden of Oregon.

"I can not and will not violate my duty to protect the confidential communications I have with the president", he said. "And as such you traveled with the campaign, I gather?"

He continues: "I believe it would be unwise for Congress to restrict the discretion of the Department to fund particular prosecutions, particularly in the midst of an historic drug epidemic and potentially long-term uptick in violent crime".

"Certainly I can assure you nothing improper [happened] if I'd had a conversation with him, and it's conceivable that occurred", Sessions said (via The Week).

And that boss, Jeff Sessions, also promised Tuesday not to get involved in any firing.

"So my understanding of the legal standard is either you answer the question, that's the best outcome. You are impeding this investigation", said New Mexico Sen. The questions prompted a previously cool Sessions to sputter a little bit, before blasting back at Wyden, suggesting that the senators themselves were guilty of leaking classified information.

Sessions did not ask the White House about whether Trump was invoking executive privilege over his testimony and Trump did not opt to assert the privilege, a senior administration official said Tuesday.

"Maybe it's because multiple Democrats on this committee have stated they have seen no evidence thus far after six months of our investigation and 10 months or 11 months of an FBI investigation of any such collusion".

The Attorney General's testimony comes one week after the Senate Intelligence Committee testimony of former FBI Director James Comey, who was sacked early on last month.

"I do not" Sessions said when asked whether he knows whether the president records his conversations. Tom Cotton asked Sessions.

The attorney general has acknowledged two meetings past year with Russia's ambassador to the U.S., Sergey Kislyak.

"Sir, sir, I have just a few", Harris said, affecting a professional smile as she tried to steer Sessions back to her preferred line of questioning about whether Sessions had failed to disclose meetings with any Russian nationals. Sessions also has not been involved in any National Security Council meetings about the Russian Federation threat.

Sessions insisted he stepped aside from the Russian Federation investigation because he was a principal adviser to the Trump campaign, not because he did something wrong or was a subject of the probe.

Republicans voted to hold then-Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt, and took the Justice Department to court, challenging Obama's assertion of executive privilege. He acknowledged being at the event and said he had conversations with those there, but did not remember any with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak.

"I've got a series of questions, sir", Warner finally said, speeding on to his next query.

Heinrich then noted that there were two ongoing investigations into Russian interference in the 2016 election. Sessions said he did not read these reports.

Testifying at a Senate hearing, Sessions said it was a "detestable and appalling lie" to suggest that he participated in or was aware of any collusion between Russian Federation and the Trump campaign.

Scott Fredericksen, a former federal prosecutor and associate independent counsel now in private practice at Foley & Lardner, said Sessions had taken a "legitimate position.to protect the confidentiality of his conversations with the president".


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