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Sessions vows to defend himself against 'false allegations'

Sessions vows to defend himself against 'false allegations'

I can tell you that for absolute certainty. There are questions about what led to this decision and what it indicates about the Russian Federation investigation. A question about Comey's remark last week over Sessions' recusal from the Russian Federation probe also rattled the attorney general. But he said Tuesday he anticipated the conflict of interest and effectively recused himself on his first day on the job, and was never briefed on the Russian Federation investigation.

"Not exactly", Sessions responded, "but that was generally, I remember those charges".

Sessions originally said that he disaffiliated himself simply because he was an adviser to Trump during the campaign, but doubt was cast on that explanation when Comey testified last week and said he had thought Sessions would recuse himself earlier than he did for "problematic" reasons that needed to be discussed in a closed session.

"I believe the American people have had it with stonewalling", Wyden said. "I may have had an encounter" with Ambassador Kislyak at a District of Columbia hotel in April 2016, Sessions allowed.

Senator Angus King, an independent, questioned Sessions' legal basis for refusing to answer. Sessions told the committee he is protecting Trump's right to later on assert executive privilege "if he chooses".

But the attorney general added that he needed to not discuss his conversations with Trump, to preserve the president's ability to theoretically invoke executive privilege in the future.

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. - Sen. Ron Wyden to Sessions.

The testimony by Sessions marked the latest chapter in a saga that has dogged Trump's first five months as president and distracted from his domestic policy agenda including major healthcare and tax cut initiatives.

Sessions recused himself from the Russia probe in March after it was revealed he twice met with the Russian ambassador during the campaign but failed to say so at his confirmation hearing.

The nation's top law enforcement officer insisted Tuesday that he was "not stonewalling" by declining to answer some questions involving "confidential communications" with President Trump, and any suggestion he colluded with Russian Federation to interfere in the 2016 presidential election was "an appalling and detestable lie".

Jeff Sessions' appearance Tuesday before a Senate committee was whether his statements would contradict the testimony of fired FBI Director James B. Comey.

The former Federal Bureau of Investigation director also testified that the agency had believed Sessions was "inevitably going to recuse" for reasons he could not elaborate on.

In his dramatic appearance before former colleagues, Mr Sessions also contradicted a contention made by former Federal Bureau of Investigation director James Comey at a hearing before the same panel last week. Gingrich told CBS "This Morning" that Trump called him on Monday night to discuss Mueller but he did not think the president was considering firing him.

"The policy is based on the principle that the President -" Sessions said. Instead, he sent Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein in his place, which Sen.

Those calls have escalated since fired FBI Director Comey cryptically told lawmakers last week that the bureau had expected Sessions to recuse himself weeks before he did from the investigation into contacts between Trump campaign associates and Russian Federation during the 2016 presidential election. Sessions cited that memo in his own letter recommending Comey's termination, and Trump, at least on paper, accepted the recommendations.

In March he acknowledged he met twice a year ago with Russia's ambassador to Washington, Sergei Kislyak.


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