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Senator Kamala Harris Was Interrupted by Her Male Colleagues - Again

Senator Kamala Harris Was Interrupted by Her Male Colleagues - Again

Lawmakers, including Al Franken of Minnesota and Patrick Leahy of Vermont, have asked the FBI to investigate and to determine if Sessions committed perjury when he denied having had meetings with Russians. Sessions recused himself from the Russian Federation investigation in March after the revelations of the two Kislyak meetings.

He said Sessions had a right to either answer, ask for a private hearing, or invoke executive privilege. He recused himself from the federal probe in March after acknowledging that he met twice previous year with the Russian ambassador to the United States. One mistake under oath can be explained away - a second would be extremely damaging. Sessions said he did not mislead Congress because the encounters were part of his job as a US senator, not as a Trump campaign representative. Or does his appearance represent a White House-orchestrated counterattack following the damaging Comey testimony?

Sessions appeared reluctant to leave Comey alone with the president after the meeting, and only left after Trump ordered him to do so, Comey testified.

"He's going to testify".

Maybe Democrats haven't brought up the question, "because Jim Comey said last week, as he said to Donald Trump, that three times he assured him that he is not under investigation".

The committee can hold Sessions in contempt when he doesn't answer questions - but that could elongate the testimony and could potentially take months.

Sessions agreed with Deputy Atty. What was unclear was whether there will also be a closed session during which they can explicitly discuss the classified allegations about the alleged meeting.

Comey told the intelligence committee in a closed session that Sessions may have had a third, undisclosed interaction with Russia's ambassador to the United States, according to people familiar with the briefing. He also asked why Sessions recused himself from oversight of the FBI's Russian Federation probe and wanted to know what role in played in Comey's dismissal.

Aside from looking like he had something to hide, Sessions did himself and the president few favors.

The question was raised during the AG's tense hearing before the Senate Intelligence Committee. Although Comey thought the interaction was inappropriate, Sessions said he did not notice anything unusual about the encounter.

On Monday, in a unusual photo op, members of Trump's Cabinet lavished praise on the President, who has struggled to extricate himself from the Russian Federation cloud over his White House. No one, not one person on the Senate Intelligence Committee, asked the question Attorney General Jeff Sessions needed to answer: How long has he been working for Donald Trump while secretly making cookies in a tree?! Jared Kushner, the president's son-in-law, also denied through a spokesman that he met privately with Kislyak that day.

No mention was made of the Russian Federation investigation.

On Jan. 10, Sessions asserted during his confirmation hearing that he had not met with Russian officials during the presidential race.

Shortly after the exchange, Harris was told to allow the witness to answer. The investigation is now being led by a special counsel, former FBI Director Robert Mueller.

"I find it deeply problematic given that Trump's stated reason for firing Comey was the Russian Federation investigation, a matter on which Sessions appropriately recused himself", Rhode told LawNewz.com.

A US official with knowledge of the matter told NBC News that the Federal Bureau of Investigation is also scrutinizing the Mayflower event, which was sponsored by a think tank that has been characterized as pro-Russian. 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.

Heinrich said Sessions' silence Tuesday spoke volumes. Trump only brought it up in a interview a few days later. It simply did not occur to me to go further than the context of the question and list any conversations I may have had with Russians in routine situations, as I had with numerous other foreign officials.


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