Sessions, Wyden scrap over AG's 'problematic' role

Sessions, Wyden scrap over AG's 'problematic' role

He said Comey never talked with him about the investigation. For one thing, the attorney general testified in a separate congressional hearing: "I have confidence in Mr. Mueller".

"I think what needs to happen tomorrow is the panel needs to very carefully craft their questions so that they can illicit responses which would be outside of the privilege".

Attorney General Jeff Sessions says fired FBI Director James Comey should have shared his concerns about a meeting with President Donald Trump with another Justice Department official.

"It did not violate my recusal", Sessions testified.

He said he recused himself from the Justice Department's Russian Federation investigation only because of a regulation to require the step because of his involvement in the Trump campaign.

On Tuesday, Attorney General Jeff Sessions testified before the Senate Intelligence Committee about his involvement in the Russian Federation investigation and his role in former FBI Director James Comey's firing.

"I did not recuse myself from defending my honor against scurrilous and false allegations", he told the committee. He also explained that he recused himself not because of any involvement with Russian Federation but because of a rule in the law that keeps campaign officials from participating into investigations into their campaign.

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

Immediately after his testimony, Sessions was widely criticised for leaving many key questions unanswered with statements such as "I don't recall" and "I have no recollection". They will also ask about his decision to recuse from an investigation into possible ties between Moscow and associates of President Donald Trump.

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' testimony comes just six days after James Comey, the fired Federal Bureau of Investigation director, appeared before the same committee.

Whether he does so "depends on the scope of the questions", White House spokesman Sean Spicer told reporters Monday, saying it would be "premature" to say how Mr Sessions will act. He also said he hasn't spoken to special counsel Robert Mueller about the Russian investigation.

"I've never received any detailed briefing on how hacking was occurred or how information was alleged to have been taken", Sessions said.

Sessions recommended the firing last month, raising questions about whether he violated his recusal from the investigation into Trump campaign ties to Russian Federation.

While Ignatius may be recognized on The New York Times' Top 10 list of the year's best books, Alan Furst is hardly a household name. "To get into a hypothetical at this point would be premature".

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 when pressed by lawmakers at his confirmation hearing. Sessions reportedly offered to resign in wake of the president's criticism.

Sessions told the Senate Intelligence Committee he could not discuss his conversations with Trump because they were private.

In his testimony last week, Comey said he and Trump had a one-on-one meeting in the Oval Office on February 14 about the investigation into the former national security adviser, Michael Flynn.

Mr Trump sacked Mr Comey in early May. "I was honestly concerned that he might lie about the nature of our meeting, and so I thought it really important to document", the ex-FBI director testified.

Wyden first asked Sessions what documents he received regarding the Russian Federation investigation that informed his decision to recuse himself from the investigation.

"I'm not able to invoke executive privilege, that's the President's preoperative", Sessions reiterated. He also mentioned a report issued by the Intelligence Community in January that described Russian interference activities in more detail.

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