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Sessions says he was never briefed on Russian interference

Sessions says he was never briefed on Russian interference

Sessions recused himself from the Russian Federation investigation on March 2, two weeks after Comey's Oval Office one-on-one with Trump.

Here are the top five things we learned. He never, he insisted, knew anything about the Russian Federation probe or had any role in it. It has also been reported that Congress is probing an alleged third meeting.

"No, I don't believe I ever did", Sessions said. Sessions' Democratic critics quipped that's like refusing to answer questions in court, because you might later request immunity under the Fifth Amendment.

But in the rat-a-tat-tat of follow-up questions, Sessions slowly pried that door open again, by increasingly hedging his answers. Stewart did not concede immediately, and said "there's one word you will never hear from me and that's 'unity.' Because look, folks, we've been backing down too long.in defense of our culture, our heritage, and our country".

"It's conceivable that that occurred", Sessions said.

Later, under an intense grilling from Sen.

But the attorney general pushed back hard when asked what those problematic matters could be, retorting: "There are none". But she was interrupted by pre-twilighter John McCain. "I hope you can let this go". If I don't qualify it you'll accuse me of lying. "Mr. Chairman, the witness should be allowed to answer the question", McCain said. "And I'm not able to be rushed this fast, it makes me nervous".

Why? Because he personally recused himself from all things related to the Trump campaign's ties to Russian Federation the day after he was sworn into office.

And while Sessions agreed to testify publicly, there are questions about his motivations.

Sessions' testimony will begin at 1:30 p.m. In fact, according to Sessions, he had recused himself two weeks earlier.

In addition, Comey has said Sessions did not respond when he complained that he did not want to be left alone with Trump again. Last week Mr. Comey in characteristic dramatic and theatrical fashion alluded ominously to what you call innuendo, that there was some kind of classified intelligence that suggested you might have colluded with Russian Federation or that you might have otherwise acted improperly. While Democrats complained about a lack of answers, Republicans countered that the Sessions hearing showed a lack of evidence that tied the Trump Campaign to anything nefarious involving Russian Federation. Namely, they were upset with his very public handling of the Hillary Clinton email probe, which Sessions said was a "usurpation" of Justice Department authority.

Sessions also pushed back against Comey's suggestion he may have failed to take appropriate steps to protect the Federal Bureau of Investigation chief from political pressure.

"This is a secret innuendo being leaked out there about me, and I don't appreciate it", he added.

The White House said Trump thinks Sessions "did a very good job" in his testimony.

When asked about rumors that the president was considering firing special prosecutor Robert Mueller, Sanders said the president wasn't planning on doing so any time soon. The attorney general says the privilege is the president's, not his. But that changed Tuesday, with a variety of Republicans coming to Sessions' (and the White House's) aide.

Sessions' responses triggered an explosion by Sen. The Arkansas Republican seemingly mocked allegations that Session colluded with Russians. That being the case, what questions did the Democratic senators have for him? Jim Risch muttered, "doesn't seem like it".

SHAPIRO: And after hours of testimony, there are still some big unanswered questions, right?

The high stakes of Tuesday's hearing prompted speculation that Sessions would protect his private conversations with Trump by declaring executive privilege. He repeatedly declined to go into his private conversations with President Donald Trump - frustrating Democrats who accused him of "stonewalling" to shield the administration.

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". 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 ten months or 11 months of an FBI investigation of any such collusion.


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