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Sessions: 'I Have No Idea' If Trump Has Confidence In Robert Mueller

Sessions: 'I Have No Idea' If Trump Has Confidence In Robert Mueller

Attorney General Jeff Sessions is set to testify Tuesday to the Senate intelligence committee, the latest official to go before the panel as it investigates Russian meddling in the US election and potential coordination between the Trump presidential campaign and Russia. He vowed to defend his honor "against scurrilous and false allegations".

"Gen. Sessions, respectfully you're not answering the question", Wyden said.

Comey testified that he decided not to report the president's request to Sessions at the time, because the attorney general was weighing his recusal from all matters related to the Russia investigation - largely for his failure to acknowledge two previous meetings with the Russian ambassador during his January confirmation hearing - and for other "facts" the former director said he could not disclose in a public session. Comey told the intelligence committee that, after an encounter with President Trump in which he said Trump pressured him to back off an investigation into the former national security adviser, Comey "implored" Sessions to make sure he was never left alone with the president again - but that Sessions didn't respond.

"The Senate and the American people deserve to know exactly what involvement with the Russian Federation investigation he had before his recusal, what safeguards are in place to prevent his meddling, and why he felt it was appropriate to recommend the firing of Director Comey when he was leading that investigation", said Sen. Sessions argued that in the context of the hearing, "my answer was a fair and correct response to the charge as I understood it".

Sessions said he recused himself from the Justice Department's current Russian Federation investigation only because of a regulation that required it because of his involvement in the Trump campaign.

Trump denied Comey's testimony, saying he never asked the Federal Bureau of Investigation director for a loyalty pledge or to drop the Russian Federation probe.

"I have fully recused myself". He said he would agree to dismiss Mueller only if there were a legitimate basis to do so.

"That regulation states, in effect, that Department employees should not participate in investigations of a campaign if they have served as a campaign advisor", said Sessions.

"I'm not going to follow any orders unless I believe those are proper and appropriate orders", he said. The Justice Department has denied that, saying Sessions stressed to Comey the need to be careful about following appropriate policies.

Sessions said he was there for a speech by then-candidate Trump and members of Sessions' staff also were there. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., asked Sessions whether Trump records his conversations in the White House.

Since then, lawmakers have raised questions about a possible third meeting at a Washington hotel, though the Justice Department has said that did not happen.

Sessions on Saturday said he would appear before the intelligence committee, which has been doing its own investigation into Russian contacts with the Trump campaign.

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