AG Jeff Sessions Might Use This "Privilege" To Avoid Talking About Trump

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.

But the former Central Intelligence Agency director John Brennan recently told Congress that his "radar" went off anytime Russians met with the Trump campaign because he knew the Russians were trying to influence the election, and he knew they often did that by trying to recruit "either wittingly or unwittingly" US officials to help. "Further, I have no knowledge of any such conversations by anyone connected with the Trump campaign", Sessions said.

He says the suggestion he was "aware of any collusion with the Russian government to hurt this country which I have served for 35 years, or to undermine the integrity of our democratic process, is an appalling and detestable lie".

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

He doesn't think President Donald Trump's "grab 'em by the p****" comment was sexual assault.

"This may be your opportunity to separate fact from fiction and to set the record straight on a number of allegations reported in the press", Burr said. Trump didn't try to assert that privilege to prevent former Federal Bureau of Investigation director James Comey from testifying.

While North Korea's move to free Warmbier could potentially provide an opening for talks on security issues, the prospects still appear bleak.

"He believes it is important for the American people to hear the truth directly from him and looks forward to answering the committee's questions tomorrow.' Sessions" hearing comes less than a week after fired FBI Director James Comey testified before the same committee. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., suggested the attorney general was ducking questions, angering Sessions.

Sessions will also face questions regarding his Russian contacts during the election campaign and his role in the firing of James Comey, according to ABC reports.

Democratic Sen. Ron Wyden of OR aggressively asked Sessions about suggestions arising from Comey's testimony last week that there was something "problematic" about his recusal.

Sessions was acting as a surrogate for President Trump's campaign at the time, yet Sessions did not disclose either of these meetings during his confirmation hearings to become Attorney General.

His staffers have since acknowledged that he met twice with Russian Ambassador Sergei Kislyak.

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 recused himself on March 2 from the Justice Department's probe into interference by the Russians in the election. Comey told the intelligence committee in a closed session that Sessions may have had a third, undisclosed interaction with Russia's ambassador to the United States, according to people familiar with the briefing.

Sessions bristled at Wyden, telling the OR senator that people are suggesting through innuendo that he has not been honest. "I affirmed his concern that we should be following the proper guidelines of the Department of Justice, and basically backed him up in his concerns".

Trump has been publicly dismissive of the Russian Federation investigation for months.

Watch Sessions' testimony live in the player below. And then a special counsel was appointed to continue the probe.

"Everything is being looked at anew, as of late", said Bahar, who now runs the cybersecurity practice for Eversheds Sutherland U.S.in Washington. Trump has denied that he said that.

Russian Federation has denied repeatedly that it interfered in the US election, and Trump has denied any collusion by his campaign with Moscow.

SESSIONS: I don't recall him ever having such a conversation.
But it's more likely to resemble the public hearing that happened just a day before Comey, where four top intelligence officials were grilled mercilessly but offered little information.

"Why don't you tell me?" He added later: "As long as I'm in this position, he's not going to be fired without good cause", which he said he would have to put in writing.

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