Sessions Decries "False And Scurrilous Allegations"

Marsha Scott
June 15, 2017

"Mr. Sessions, are you familiar with what spies call "tradecraft"?"

Sessions said those policies that prevented him answering questions, despite various senators saying there was no legality that should limit him from answering.

"I'm not able to comment on conversations with high officials within the White House", Sessions said early in the hearing, citing President Donald Trump's right to keep all conversations between himself and Sessions confidential.

Sessions confirmed Comey's account, but he placed less emphasis on the Trump-Comey meeting.

Lawmakers for weeks have demanded answers from Sessions, particularly about meetings he had last summer and fall with the Russian ambassador to the United States.

When McCain, a Russia hawk who sits on the Senate Armed Services Committeee, asked whether Sessions had ever discussed any issues of national security while meeting with Russian officials in his capacity as a member of that committee, Sessions again said he couldn't remember. If he did have a conversation with the ambassador, it was "certainly nothing improper".

During questioning by Sen. It later was revealed he met twice with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak, once as a senator and once as Trump's adviser before the inauguration.

Burr said he wanted to know from Sessions what meetings he had with Russian officials or their proxies on behalf of the Trump campaign, why he recused himself from the Russia investigation and what role, if any, he played in the firing of Comey.

"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.

During the hearing, Sessions lent his support to the special counsel, Robert Mueller, who is now in charge of the Trump campaign-Russia investigation.

"I received only the limited information that the department's career officials determined was necessary to inform my recusal decision", he said.

In one heated exchange with Sen.

The poll also found that 43 percent of voters thought Comey's testimony last week before the Senate Intelligence Committee hurt Trump more than helped the president.

When Senator Ron Wyden opened his five minutes of floor time by saying, "People are sick of stonewalling", Sessions grew testy. "I am following the historic policies of the Department of Justice!"

Sessions said the decision to fire Comey was so as to have "a fresh start" at the FBI and had nothing to do with Comey's handling of the Bureau's Russian Federation probe.

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And he avoided answering the key question raised by Comey's testimony: What did Sessions learn about the Russian Federation investigation between February 10 and March 2 that made "his continued engagement in a Russia-related investigation problematic?" Wyden. There are none.

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.

"I am not stonewalling", Sessions told Sen.

Sessions also quickly addressed his February conversation with Comey during which the former Federal Bureau of Investigation director said he asked the attorney general to prevent any future direct communication between him and the president.

"I agreed with those".

While asking Attorney General Jeff Sessions about his refusal to answer questions Tuesday concerning conversations he may have had with President Donald Trump, the California Democrat was interrupted by Sen.

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

Sessions' testimony meant he was a no-show in front of the House and Senate appropriations subcommittees.

If Trump were targeting Mueller, dismissing him would not be a simple matter. "It's good to see Mary", Blunt said.

"I can't discuss with you the nature of private conversations I may have had with the president". He wrote that "it is important that I have an opportunity to address these matters in the appropriate forum". Mark Warner, D-Va., asked Sessions to reschedule his testimony before the Appropriations Committee, a request that drew no response from Sessions.

Sessions' testimony did not provide any damaging new information on Trump campaign ties with Russian Federation or on Comey's dismissal, but his refusal to discuss conversations with Trump raised fresh questions about whether the White House has something to hide. "Americans don't want to hear that answers to relevant questions are privileged or off limits".

Rosenstein was probably referring to the possibility that Mueller would investigate whether Sessions violated his recusal or whether Comey's firing might have been an effort to obstruct justice.

Sessions: "I don't recall any such meeting".

'It probably would have been better and would have been consistent with the rules of the Department of Justice to never have talked about the investigation to begin with, ' he added. Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii.

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