Attorney General Jeff Sessions says he was never briefed on Russian Federation probe

Sessions also argued that his recusal from the Russian Federation investigation did not mean that he should be barred from his oversight duties over the FBI, following claims by Democrats that he should have not played a role in Comey's firing.

All eyes will be on Attorney General Jeff Sessions as he testifies before the Senate intelligence committee on Tuesday.

"Sir, I'm not asking about the principle", Harris said. (A sanctity, mind you, that has been his purported focus in establishing a commission to look at alleged voter fraud.) Instead, he has consistently disputed whether Russian Federation was even behind the hacking - a line that Sessions mirrored in his testimony on Tuesday by stating that Russia's role was the conclusion of US intelligence agencies without embracing it as his own.

The Justice Department has responded, citing the need to follow "appropriate policies regarding contacts with the White House".

As Congress investigates Russia's interference with the United States election, Sessions appeared before Congress to testify on his undisclosed conversations with Russian officials throughout the campaign.

Later, Comey said he was so uncomfortable that he went to Sessions to "implore" him "to prevent any future direct communication between the President and me".

He said he would agree to dismiss Mueller only if there were a legitimate basis to do so, and an order from the president would not necessarily qualify.

According to Comey, Trump said of Flynn: "He is a good guy". The former Federal Bureau of Investigation director discussed a host of issues surrounding Russia's meddling in the 2016 presidential election, though his remarks also raised questions that were directed at Sessions on Tuesday.

-The details of a February 14 Oval Office meeting, where Sessions and other top aides left the room and Trump talked to Comey alone. "But if you have to do one, Sessions chose the right one", Cillizza wrote.

It would have been unthinkable for Comey to say the questioning made him nervous, or to become agitated and tetchy as Sessions did under cross-examination by the Democratic senator Ron Wyden, of Oregon.

The U.S. attorney general requested to appear before that committee instead of the House and Senate Appropriations Committees, which he was originally scheduled to appear today. The FBI is part of the Justice Department that Sessions heads.

But the revelations forced Sessions to recuse himself from the Russian Federation investigation in March, and it is now being handled by a special counsel.

The attorney general on March 2 recused himself from the FBI investigation into Russia's role in the election, saying he felt he was required to do so because he had been a prominent figure in Trump's campaign.

"I have an idea about what he's going to say".

Sessions also blasted accusations that he lied to Sen. Sessions argued that in the context of that hearing, "my answer was a fair and correct response to the charge as I understood it". Trump confident Christopher Ruddy, CEO of conservative Newsmax Media, told PBS Newshour on Monday that he thought Trump "was considering perhaps terminating the special counsel", a decision that would require formal action by Rosenstein.

In his testimony, Sessions told Sen.

"I know how this will be discussed, but that's the rule that's been long adhered to by Department of Justice, as you know, Sen".

"I don't know Sen".

On Tuesday, Attorney General Jeff Sessions testified before the Senate Intelligence Committee about his involvement in the Russian Federation investigation and his role in former FBI Director James Comey's firing. Marco Rubio, a Republican, asked Sessions whether Trump records his conversations in the White House. The matter is also being investigated by several congressional panels, including the committee.

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