Jeff Sessions' explanation for firing Comey just doesn't make se

Attorney General Jeff Sessions testifies about the Russian Federation probe at an opening hearing conducted by the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence (SSCI) on Tuesday, June 13, 2017.

He added: "Sen. Franken asked me a rambling question, after some six hours of testimony, that included dramatic, new allegations that the United States intelligence community has advised President-elect (Donald) Trump that there was continuing exchange of information during the campaign between Trump's surrogates and intermediaries for the Russian government".

Testifying at a Senate hearing, Sessions said it was a "detestable and appalling lie" to suggest that he participated in or was aware of any collusion between Russian Federation and the Trump campaign.

Meanwhile, he said it was not improper for Trump to meet with the then FBI Director James Comey, but it was improper for Comey to disclose the content of his one-to-one talks with Trump. Sessions said of that moment: "He was concerned about it, and his recollection of what he said to me about this concern is consistent with my recollection".

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"What we try to do, I think most cabinet officials, others that you questioned recently, officials before the committee, (is) protect the president's right to do so", said Sessions. Sessions, at the time, responded that he had never met or communicated with Russian officials during the campaign. Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, now running the Russian Federation show since Sessions recused himself, told another committee he wouldn't be pressured to fire Special Counsel Robert Mueller without good cause, yet another signal from a Trump administration figure that they will not risk their personal reputations to carry political water for the White House.

Comey told lawmakers last week that he knew details that made Sessions's involvement in the FBI Russia probe "problematic". Now you're not answering questions.

He said he and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein had begun discussing replacing Comey before either of them was confirmed in their jobs.

"He told me repeatedly that he had talked to lots of people about me, including our current attorney general, and had learned that I was doing a great job and that I was extremely well-liked by the Federal Bureau of Investigation workforce", Comey told the committee.

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At last week's hearing, Comey suggested that he believed Trump was plausibly guilty of obstruction of justice. Rosenstein told a Senate Appropriations subcommittee Tuesday that he saw no cause for Mueller's dismissal .

SESSIONS: No - yes, I do. At another, Sessions said: "Our Department of Justice rules on proper communications between the department and the White House have been in place for years". - Sen. Ron Wyden to Sessions. Days after that, Sessions also corrected his confirmation hearing testimony to inform the committee about his two meetings with Kislyak.

Franken's comments followed Sessions testimony on Tuesday before the Senate Intelligence Committee, in which the top law enforcement official categorically denied that he was involved in possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Moscow.

For starters, the deputy attorney general now overseeing the Russian Federation investigation, who did the hiring and would have to do the firing, assured a congressional committee he would resist an unwarranted dismissal order: "I'm not going to follow any order unless I believe they are lawful and appropriate orders". For one thing, the attorney general testified in a separate congressional hearing: "I have confidence in Mr. Mueller". He did not, at that time, tell me any details about anything that was said that was improper.

"It's my judgement that it would be inappropriate for me to answer and reveal private conversations with the president when he has not had a full opportunity to review the questions and to make a decision on whether or not to approve such an answer", Sessions said.

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Republicans said it appears Democrats don't care about this anymore, ever since Comey said the president himself was not under investigation for election collusion.

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