Jeff Sessions denies secret pre-election Russian Federation meetings

Jeff Sessions denies secret pre-election Russian Federation meetings

Jeff Sessions denies secret pre-election Russian Federation meetings

Former FBI Director James Comey, in a little-noticed moment during his Senate Intelligence Committee testimony last week, said Trump never once asked him about Russia's interference in the USA election as it related to national security during their nine conversations before he fired Comey in early May.

"It would be premature for me to deny the president a full and intelligent choice about executive privilege", he said.

On Tuesday Sessions responded "I don't recall" to many questions that were thrown at him, at one point telling Sen. He said at his January confirmation hearing that he had not met with Russians during the campaign.

Sessions is the most high-profile figure from the Trump administration to appear for a hearing into the matter.

He said there is no problem with a president speaking to an Federal Bureau of Investigation director. He never, he insisted, knew anything about the Russian Federation probe or had any role in it. Ron Wyden. "I'm following historic policies of Department of Justice".

"I did not recuse myself from defending my honor against scurrilous and false allegations", he said.

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Trump has suggested there might be tapes of his encounters with Comey; Comey said last week that "lordy" he hopes there are. As a longtime senator from Alabama, Sessions will be granted some degree of deference, at least from Republicans.

Asked if he believes Sessions' claims that he could not remember a third meeting with Russian Ambassador to the US Sergey Kislyak, Heinrich said he wants to see where the investigation goes. Days after that, Sessions also corrected his confirmation hearing testimony to inform the committee about his two meetings with Kislyak.

He said the intelligence agency needed a "fresh start" as it had "problems", adding that Mr Comey had caused "controversy on both sides of the aisle".

Wyden asked Sessions what problematic issues existed. Christopher Wray, the assistant attorney general in charge of the criminal division, told Comey, "Before you guys all pull the rip cords, please give me a head's up so I can jump with you". There are none, Sen. "Wyden, there are none", Sessions insisted, his voice rising.

"People are suggesting through innuendo that I have been not honest about matters, and I've tried to be honest", he said.

"[Comey] perhaps didn't know, but I basically recused myself day I got in office because I never accessed files, learned names of investigators", he said. I think if Donald Trump was watching this testimony, which we understand he probably was today, he was probably pretty happy because Jeff Sessions really pushed back hard. Two months later, however, Sessions played a role in the May 9 firing of Comey, following a White House meeting he attended with Trump and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein. So what's the view of Mr Sessions' performance from within the Republican party?

"Let me state this clearly, colleagues", the former Alabama U.S. senator said.

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Comey "leaking his own memos to manipulate the system is exactly why people dislike the swamp", said Trump ally Newt Gingrich. Meanwhile, lawmakers are asking the White House to turn over any taped conversations between Trump and Comey.

Sessions is enmeshed in multiple lines of ongoing inquiry: He had meetings with Russian officials that later forced him to recuse himself from the Justice Department's probe of the Trump campaign's ties to Russia. "I'm not sure what was in his mind specifically".

This time, however, the nation was watching as Attorney General Jeff Sessions spoke before the Senate Intelligence Committee.

It was still unclear by the end of the almost three-hour hearing why Sessions met with Kislyak privately if not to address reports that Russian Federation was engaged in a hacking campaign to undermine Democrats and, specifically, the party's presidential nominee, Hillary Clinton. At the time, the FBI was investigating former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn and his ties to Russian operatives.

It took about 24 hours, but the White House has knocked down speculation that President Donald Trump considered firing special prosecutor Robert Mueller.

Sessions testified Tuesday that he recused himself from the current Russian Federation investigation only because of a regulation that required it because of his involvement in the Trump campaign.

"I'm not going to follow any orders unless I believe those are proper and appropriate orders", he said.

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