AG Jeff Sessions testifies before Senate intelligence committee: 4 key takeaways

U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions tesitfies before a Senate Intelligence Committee hearing on Capitol Hill, in Washington D.C., the United States, on June 13, 2017. In his testimony, Sessions sought to staunch the increasingly rapid flow of embarrassing information from the Trump White House. "There are none", the Attorney-General responded.

Sessions took particular aim at news reports about a possible meeting he had with a Russian official during an April 2016 event at the Mayflower hotel, where Trump gave a pro-Russian speech.

In part that's because Sessions answered numerous questions he was asked with a variation of "I don't recall" or "I don't think so".

Sessions is now the only Trump official on the record, under oath, countering Comey's testimony last week under oath. Much of the government seems bogged down in litigating the Russian Federation controversy and odd happenings in the Oval Office, where the half-life of presidential confidences has never been shorter.

Burr says the committee staff met with Johnson on Monday. In public, however, not much aside from the Russian Federation is getting done. He sipped from two glasses of ice-water as he tried to convince the committee of how little he could remember despite a honest desire to help.

"I am not stonewalling", Sessions said.

"It is an appalling and detestable lie to suggest I participated in any collusion", Sessions said in his opening statement to members of the committee.

Throughout the questioning, Sessions defended himself and refused to discuss any details of conversations he has had with President Trump. Kamala Harris, D-Calif. "I don't want to be rushed this fast". I was not making a report about it to anyone.

Sessions was unequivocal about at least one thing.

The attorney general readily acknowledged his previously undisclosed meetings with Russian Ambassador to the United States Sergey Kislyak, which led to his recusal from cases involving Russia and the Trump campaign early into his job.

Said Ryan: "I know Bob Mueller".

Attorney General Jeff Sessions is contradicting fired Federal Bureau of Investigation director James Comey's testimony about his concerns over a meeting he had with Trump.

In particular, Sessions tamped down Comey's recounting of the February 14 meeting Comey had with Trump - where Trump reportedly asked him stop investigating former national security adviser Michael Flynn.

Legal experts have told ThinkProgress that Trump's public disclosures regarding Comey's firing put into question whether his conversations with Comey are protected by presidential executive privilege, a legal doctrine that is not constitutionally guaranteed but that historically has protected a president's communications. "If there were not good cause it wouldn't matter what anyone said".

"Sessions can't come out and say it but his testimony and the evidence pretty strongly suggests that Sessions and Rosenstein wanted to get rid of Comey for one reason (he violated normal procedures in the Clinton investigation) and Trump terminated him for another (Comey wouldn't publicly say that he wasn't under investigation)".

Sessions: Well I am unable to answer the ... He did differ from Comey on two points. He told the committee that Comey "expressed concern about being left alone with the president". "I knew that Director Comey, long-time experienced in the Department of Justice, could handle himself well", Sessions told Sen.

Biggest takeaway from #SessionsHearing: Attorney General Jeff Sessions' favorite words are, "I don't recall" and "I don't remember".

Former FBI Director James Comey testified earlier before the Senate intelligence committee said he knew of reasons why it would be problematic for Sessions to remain involved in the Russian Federation investigation, even before he recused himself. "I am following the historic policies of the Department of Justice" on private discussions with the White House. He had not read the policy; nor had he asked that the policy be provided to him. But he said that the two never substantially talked. It began over the weekend when Trump's lawyer wouldn't rule it out; then his associate Newt Gingrich appeared to call for it, as did some conservative commentators; Trump's friend Chris Ruddy said he was actually considering it. "It would be premature to me to deny the president a full and intelligent choice on executive privilege", Mr Sessions said.

Recommended News

  • The Card Factory PLC (CARD) Insider Sells £13160000 in Stock

    Recently stock market research analysts have changed their consensus ratings and price targets on shares of Tristel (LON:TSTL). The stock of Berendsen PLC (LON:BRSN) earned "Sector Perform" rating by RBC Capital Markets on Thursday, October 13.

    Jeff Sessions hearing on Russia, Comey

    Sessions' testimony suggested that it would be on Comey to shut down inappropriate discussions with Trump. Mr Sessions - like every government employee - has an obligation to answer to the oversight of Congress.

    Assassin's Creed: Origins Is Leaking Everywhere

    Since then, Microsoft has made 9 GB of GDDR5 RAM available for games so let's see how that impacts Assassin's Creed Origins . God of War: Sony announced the God of War reboot at E3 last year and the game seems to be the center of attention this year.
  • Mbappe drops telling hint on future; responds to Real Madrid talk

    Mbappe drops telling hint on future; responds to Real Madrid talk

    Jurgen Klopp has not been shy about his desire to strengthen Liverpool's attacking line ahead of the upcoming season. I feel the same about Lacazette. "I'm under contract, I'm not free".
    Oil prices fall on OPEC output increase, rising US crude stocks (BP.)

    Oil prices fall on OPEC output increase, rising US crude stocks (BP.)

    US drilling activity has continued apace, driving up USA output by more than 10 percent since mid-2016 to above 9.3 million bpd. Brent has dropped back below $50 since the OPEC meeting.

    Oddball musical Dear Evan Hansen wins six Tony awards

    Bette Midler was determined to get every last "thank you" in at the 2017 Tony Awards on Sunday night, play-off music be damned. Including the chutzpah to tell the Tony producers to " shut that crap off " when they tried to play her off stage with music .
  • Warmbier, reportedly in a coma, released from North Korean prison

    THOMPSON: Otto's father, Fred Warmbier, told NPR his 22-year-old son had been beaten, brutalized and terrorized by North Korea. A team was dispatched to Pyongyang and the sick University of Virginia student was handed over to US officials.

    Warriors beat Cavaliers to win title

    During the trophy ceremony, Kerr said, "I want to say a special thank you to Mike Brown and my whole coaching staff". The first-time title victor scored 39 points as point guard Stephen Curry posted 34 at the Oracle Arena in Oakland.
    Pedroia's single wins it in 11th; Red Sox beat Phillies 6-5

    Pedroia's single wins it in 11th; Red Sox beat Phillies 6-5

    Andrew Benintendi went 3 for 5 with a double and the game-winning RBI in the 12th inning as part of his two RBI evening. After leaving runners stranded in the 10th and 11th, it was Benintendi who got it done before the night got any later.
  • Former NBAer Dennis Rodman Is Back in North Korea

    A senior administration official said the Trump administration did not authorize Rodman's trip. "We are aware of his visit", Mr. He made headlines after befriending North Korean leader Kim Jong-un on previous trips to Pyongyang in 2013 and 2014.

    Comey's 'smoking gun' could take out Trump

    The goal of the call was to have Comey publicly announce that Trump wasn't personally being investigated. Mr Comey had first recorded details of his interactions with the President in a series of memos.
    Bangladesh storm kills 3, destroys thousands of homes

    Bangladesh storm kills 3, destroys thousands of homes

    Bangladeshi authorities reportedly evacuated around 350,000 people to safety from the local area, which borders Myanmar. Bangladesh was still picking up the pieces after flash floods in April affected millions of people when a cyclone hit.

We are pleased to provide this opportunity to share information, experiences and observations about what's in the news.
Some of the comments may be reprinted elsewhere in the site or in the newspaper.
Thank you for taking the time to offer your thoughts.