Published: Wed, June 14, 2017
Arts&Culture | By Spencer Underwood

Jeff Sessions Testifies Before Senate Intelligence Committee

Jeff Sessions Testifies Before Senate Intelligence Committee

"Further, I have no knowledge of any such conversations by anyone connected to the Trump campaign", Sessions said.

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.

As Sessions entered the crowded hearing room, a swarm of news photographers clicked away with their cameras.

Asked about Trump's own contention that 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". Officials said that Sessions at one point offered to resign as his relationship with the president became increasingly tense. "I have confidence in Mr. Mueller", he said.

Such a move would be complicated and potentially politically explosive. AG Sessions' opening statement was broad and anticipatory - meaning he was anticipating all the questions the senators would have for him and tactically wanted to get out ahead of those questions with his opening statements.

Democratic Sen. Ron Wyden of OR asked Sessions about suggestions arising from Comey's testimony last week that there was something "problematic" about his recusal. Yesterday's ruling was the latest in a string of judicial blows to Trump's efforts to prohibit the entry of citizens of Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen for 90 days while the United States government reviews their screening procedures.

The former Alabama senator also defended himself against accusations that he misrepresented himself during his confirmation hearing when he said he hadn't met with Russian officials during the campaign.

John McCain (R-Ariz.) asked him whether he'd confronted Russian Ambassador Sergei Kislyak about Russia's meddling in the election when they met twice past year: "I don't recall".

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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.

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.

Al Franken, D-Minn., about an alleged "continuing exchange of information during the campaign between Trump's surrogates and intermediaries for the Russian government", and that is why he claimed wrongly that he had not met with Russians.

Last week when former Federal Bureau of Investigation chief James Comey testified before the committee, his remarks turned a harsh spotlight on Sessions.

House Speaker Paul Ryan says the White House and President Donald Trump should let the special counsel's investigation continue, and await vindication. A Trump confidant, Chris Ruddy, told "PBS NewsHour" on Monday the president was weighing whether to fire Mueller.

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein says he wouldn't follow orders from President Donald Trump or anyone else to fire special counsel Robert Mueller unless they were "lawful and appropriate orders". Remember, Sessions was a colleague in the U.S. Senate. The White House has denied any collusion. He does not acknowledge the unanimous conclusions of the USA intelligence community that Russian Federation massively intervened in our election.

Sessions told Trump he was "honored" to be able to serve him. It is absurd, frankly, to suggest that a recusal from a single specific investigation would render an Attorney General unable to manage the leadership of the various Department of Justice law enforcement components that conduct thousands of investigations. Since Sessions is recused from these matters, he would likely would send such a recommendation to Deputy Attorney General Rosenstein.

McConnell told reporters Tuesday that "I have a lot of confidence in Bob Mueller".

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