Trump pleased with Sessions testimony

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.

Rebutting allegations of wrongdoing by Sessions, Levin reminded everyone that it was former President Barack Obama who met with Russian leadership and famously noted the increased "flexibility" he would have after the upcoming election. Days after that, Sessions also corrected his confirmation hearing testimony to inform the committee about his two meetings with Kislyak.

His impassioned response came after Senate Democrats raised questions about whether Sessions privately met with Sergey Kislyak at an April 2016 foreign policy event at the Mayflower Hotel in Washington.

"It's conceivable that that occurred", Sessions said. Cotton asked, referring to the hacking of the Democratic National Committee email accounts. Sens. Al Franken of Minnesota and Patrick Leahy of Vermont have sought an FBI investigation. 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.

Throughout the testimony, Sessions avoided answering questions, even though he was not evoking executive privilege. "But if there's one thing we know about magical creatures, it's that if you ask them a question they don't like, they'll just make up rules for why they can't answer", Noah joked Tuesday night on "The Daily Show". There are none, Sen. - Sen. Ron Wyden to Sessions.

Sessions' testimony before the Senate Intelligence Committee, scheduled to start at 2:30 p.m. (1830 GMT), has the potential for high drama as the Russian Federation probe continues to dominate US politics, sidelining President Donald Trump's domestic agenda.

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Sessions conceded, "It appears so", but his answer did not instill much confidence.

Sen. Mark Warner, D., Va., asked the attorney general if he had confidence in former FBI Director Robert Mueller's appointment as special counsel to probe whether the Trump campaign colluded with Russian Federation. "The president tweeted repeatedly about his anger about investigations into his associates and Russian Federation".

The comments came a day after a close friend of President Donald Trump was quoted in a television interview as saying the president was considering dismissing Mueller. But Democrats on the Senate panel are likely to press him on issues such as his contacts with Russian Federation and his role in the dismissal of Comey - who led the FBI's probe on Russian Federation until he was ousted. "And when asked I said that to the president".

He disputed that his involvement in Comey's firing violated the recusal. "If Sessions had a good answer about conversations with Trump about firing Comey, he would've just given it".

Deputy Press Secretary Sarah Sanders spoke with reporters not long after the hearing and said the president was able to watch parts of it. "I'm not sure what was in his mind specifically".

He also declined to say if Trump opposed Sessions' decision to recuse himself from the Russian Federation probe in March, and whether Justice Department officials discussed possible presidential pardons of individuals being looked at in the probe.

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Sessions routinely said he would not answer questions regarding his conversations with Trump, but he delivered more than enough answers over two and a half hours of testimony Tuesday afternoon.

This was among the many times Sessions attempted to explain that he is protecting the President's right to choose to invoke executive privilege in not sharing the details of conversations.

"Many have suggested that my recusal is because I felt I was a subject of the investigation myself, that I may have done something wrong", he said, stressing this was not the case. King, I know nothing but what I've read in the paper. "I was taken aback by that explosive allegation".

In a statement issued following the hearing, Sen.

Sessions repeatedly refused to discuss private conversations with Trump on a wide variety of topics.

"I saw that as an absolute distraction - I think this president has been terrific at throwing up smoke screens and distractions - and that's exactly what I thought that was", said Sidlow.

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Would any such tapes have to be preserved? And all of it probably made Sessions' boss very happy.

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