Trump under investigation for obstruction of justice

Trump under investigation for obstruction of justice

Trump under investigation for obstruction of justice

He disputed that his involvement in Comey's firing violated the recusal. They have begun questioning whether Mueller's wide-ranging investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election is becoming too political. Although Sessions has been forgetful and unclear about attending events where Russian officials were present or meeting with them previously, he delivered a convincing denial of wrongdoing. "The suggestion that I participated in any collusion ... is an appalling and detestable lie", he insisted.

Except, of course, when he felt like it - say, for example, when an increasingly agitated Senator Angus King drilled Sessions about who requested that the attorney general and his deputy draft memos justifying the formal dismissal of Comey as Federal Bureau of Investigation chief.

"Why don't you tell me?" he asked. Though I do recall several conversations that I had during that free speech reception, I do not have any recollection of meeting or talking to the Russian ambassador or any other Russian officials.

The newspaper's story was met with a furious reaction from Trump's personal lawyer and the Republican National Committee. His preface struck the right note of astonishment that we're even discussing this topic: "This seems like such a bad idea - for the nation, and for the president - that I have a hard time believing it is a live possibility". "There are none", said Sessions. Al Franken, D-Minn., after many hours of testimony. Sessions told senators on Tuesday that he'd recused himself because he was part of Trump's campaign.

How much longer is this investigation/fishing expedition going to go on? Here is a sampling of contradictory quotes from Jeff Sessions' testimony. For answers, we turn to Lanny Davis, former White House Special Counsel under President Bill Clinton between 1996 and 1998, and co-founder of the law firm David, Goldberg & Galper.

The Post report cites anonymous sources who were briefed on requests made by investigators.

"The recusal involved one case in the Department of Justice and the FBI", said Sessions, referring to the FBI's Russian Federation investigation and offering a different description of the scope of his recusal.

Attorney General Sessions in his testimony this week stated that firing the FBI Director would in no way affect the investigation as all the same personnel is still in place.

It became obvious from the get-go Tuesday that Sessions would not disclose conversations between himself and the president.

Questions about whether Trump attempted to obstruct justice have swirled following Comey's testimony last week to the Senate that the president directed him in February to end the FBI's investigation into former national security adviser Michael Flynn.

Asked about Trump's own contention the president fired Comey with the Russian Federation probe in mind, and regardless of any recommendation from anyone else, Sessions said: "I guess I'll just have to let his words speak for themselves".

While it may have lacked the drama of the Jim Comey hearing, the Sessions session had its moments, given his crucial role running the Justice Department. "The Trump agenda is to improve the lives of the American people".

He added that any assertion that he did not honestly answer the question at the confirmation hearing is "false".

And finally today, more infighting among Democrats in Congress, as some members are the caucus move forward with a plan to impeach Donald Trump, as Dem leadership pushes back to kill, or at least slow down the process.

Weeks later, Trump fired Comey, raising questions of obstruction of justice and even bringing up the dreaded word: Impeachment.

So given Washington's usual divide, it was all a matter of whose partisan narrative - reflected in the different senators' questions - you wished to follow in tracking Sessions' answers. "I can tell you that with absolute certainty. There are none", Sessions said.

Last week, Senators Richard Burr and John McCain nearly shushed her when she asked questions to Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein.

Sessions insisted he stepped aside from the Russian Federation investigation because he was a principal adviser to the Trump campaign, not because he did something wrong or was a subject of the probe.

Later in the afternoon, the President will sign an Executive Order.

Meanwhile, some prominent conservative media voices have now taken up the cause of attacking Mueller and saying that he must go, which, if it escalates, might increase pressure on Republicans to stand by Trump if he removes him.

Mueller, Rosenstein said, has the "full independence he needs to conduct that investigation".

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