Jeff Sessions Pushes Back On Suggestions Of Collusion

Jeff Sessions Pushes Back On Suggestions Of Collusion

Jeff Sessions Pushes Back On Suggestions Of Collusion

He meant Sessions had no legal right to refuse to answer the committee's questions.

The official fired back at lawmakers over claims that he colluded with Russian officials during the 2016 election, calling it an "appalling and detestable lie". However, Sessions admitted that it is only the president who can declare that certain of his communications have executive privilege status.

Wyden got into a heated exchange with Sessions during the hearing over whether or not Sessions violated his recusal from the Russian Federation investigation by supporting the termination of former FBI Director James Comey.

Sessions denied all of it and shielded his boss from any potential damage.

In fact, according to Sessions, he had recused himself two weeks earlier. Upon President Trump's request, on April 9th AG Sessions and Deputy AG Rod Rosenstein wrote a letter and memo, respectively, to the president about Comey's mismanagement of the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

Sessions' legal rationale for his silence was muddled, at best, and deliberate interference at worst, something Democrats accused him of.

Trump's lawyers are sifting through additional information and preparing at least one submission, and a meeting scheduled for Wednesday may clarify the proper avenue for the complaint, he said.

Since a joint intelligence briefing came out in January, the investigators, the allegations and the questions raised have been piling up so fast that it's easy to see it all as rolling backward, downhill. "You're impeding this investigation".

"I think she was hysterical", Miller said of Harris.

SESSIONS: I did not do so. "I knew that Director Comey, long-time experienced in the Department of Justice, could handle himself well", Sessions told Sen.

"Did he consult with you before he made that statement?" It was repeatedly likened to executive privilege. "That's the president's prerogative".

Sessions added that since his recusal, "I have no knowledge about this investigation" beyond media reports. "The executive privilege is not waived by going in camera or in closed session".

Questions from Sen. Tom Cotton, R-Ark., suggested as much.

A former high-ranking Justice Department official familiar with how the inspector general handles complaints said any filing by Kasowitz would most likely be treated as part of an existing investigation into Comey's handling of the Hillary Clinton email investigation.

Senators got just five minutes each to ask questions (the chairman and vice chairman got 10). "I can tell you that with absolute certainty. It makes me nervous". Sessions is the first administration official to go before the committee, and there's a good chance Republican senators on the committee will use the chance to get Sessions to further their own agenda. And all of it probably made Sessions' boss very happy.

A presidential spokesperson responded with a qualified endorsement Tuesday: "While the president has the right to [fire Robert Mueller], he has no intention to do so", Sarah Huckabee Sanders said in response to a reporter's question. She says Trump thought Sessions was especially "strong" on denying any collusion between the Trump campaign and Russian Federation. Harris then asked Sessions about how he communicated with Donald Trump both during the campaign and following election night and pressed him on a Department of Justice policy that he referenced as the reason why he couldn't directly comment on his conversations with Trump regarding Russian Federation.

During the two-and-a-half hour hearing, he engaged in testy exchanges with several senators who pressed him for details on his discussions with Trump - which he refused to provide in the name of confidentiality.

"I was your colleague in this body for 20 years", Sessions said. "It was an important issue. I am asking, when you knew you would be asked these questions and you would rely on that policy, did you not ask your staff to show you the policy that would be the basis for you refusing to answer the majority of questions that have been asked of you?"

For anxious Democrats and other opponents of the Trump administration who worry that the president sought to "obstruct justice", and had committed as many other impeachable offenses and gross political blunders as it took disgraced former President Richard Nixon almost five and a half years to commit, the hearing was a high water mark, and it riveted national attention, drawing almost 20 million viewers to the early morning spectacle, more than had watched the NBA Finals in prime time, earlier that week.

Democratic senators skewered Attorney General Jeff Sessions for refusing to answer their questions about his private conversations with President Donald Trump during a June 13 hearing about Sessions' role in the controversy over Russian Federation and the election.

He said he and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein had long discussed their concerns with Comey's job performance.

SESSIONS:.Just finished Ignatius's book.

But Comey was kept on for months after they were both confirmed.

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. When Comey came forward saying he was reopening the investigation in October of a year ago, Sessions praised him.

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