Jeff Sessions Testifies He Never Discussed Election With Russians

Jeff Sessions Testifies He Never Discussed Election With Russians

Sessions also contradicted parts of Comey's testimony from last week.

But by then he was already under an ethical cloud because he had told lawmakers at his January confirmation hearing that he had not met with Russians during the campaign.

"I wanted to refute that immediately", Sessions said.

Sessions was sworn in February 9 but did not actually step away from the investigation until March 2, the day after The Washington Post reported on his two previously undisclosed Kislyak meetings.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions said Department of Justice regulations created to prevent the appearance of a conflict of interest mandated his recusal from the Department's Trump-Russia probe.

"I recused myself from any investigation into the campaigns for president, but I did not recuse myself from defending my honor against scurrilous and false accusations", Sessions insisted.

Even before Sessions testified, attention in Washington swivelled to whether Trump might seek to fire Robert Mueller, the former FBI director named last month by the Justice Department to head a federal probe into the Russian Federation issue.

"I can not and will not violate my duty to protect the confidential communications I have with the president", he said.

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At one point, Sen. "I am not stonewalling!".

By the time Sessions met with Kislyak at the Republican National Convention in July, cyber security researchers had already confirmed that Russian Federation had hacked the Democratic National Committee.

But: Sessions also said he thought Comey should be fired. "I am following the historic policies of the Department of Justice!" Ron Wyden (D-OR), Comey was asked why he didn't immediately disclose Trump's request to drop the investigation against the former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn investigation to Sessions, who, at the time, had not yet recused himself from the Russian Federation investigation. Certainly I can assure you nothing improper if I had a conversation with him. Wyden. There are none.

"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.

When King asked Sessions for the legal basis for refusing to answer the committee's questions, the attorney general said it would be premature to deny the president a choice regarding executive privilege. But under questioning, Sessions acknowledged that Trump's campaign foreign policy advisers "never functioned as a coherent team" and there were members of that group he never met.

Cornyn, who was briefly considered to replace Comey at the Federal Bureau of Investigation, sought to discredit Comey's testimony last week that Trump fired him over the Russian Federation probe.

But Jeff Sessions' testimony on Capitol Hill on Tuesday will be better remembered for a moment geared to 21st-century memes. "I attended a fair number of meetings on that with President Obama".

"I agreed with those".

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- He said he felt okay leaving Comey alone with the president in the Oval Office.

Sessions testified about his dealings with Russian officials and whether he intentionally misled Congress as the Senate Intelligence Committee probes the Russia matter. Further, I have no knowledge of any such conversations by anyone connected to the Trump campaign. The investigation is now being led by a special counsel, former FBI Director Robert Mueller.

Rosenstein, who has been on the job for six weeks, said only he could fire Mueller, and only if he found good cause to do so. He described Mueller as operating independently from the Justice Department in his investigation.

HARRIS: Sir, I'm just asking you about the DOJ policy you are referring to. "We deserve to know whether he is acting in the public interest, or in Donald Trump's personal interest". When Harris asked if he had consulted those documents before his appearance, Sessions said he had consulted with staff.

Sessions did not ask the White House about whether Trump was invoking executive privilege over his testimony and Trump did not opt to assert the privilege, a senior administration official said Tuesday.

When the committee gets an answer to that question, it will be a lot closer to getting to the bottom of the Russian Federation collusion allegation than it is today.

'It is a stunning thing and it violates fundamental powers, ' Sessions added.

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