Attorney General Jeff Sessions testifies on Russia probe, Comey firing

"As such", he said, "I have no knowledge about this investigation, as it is ongoing today, beyond what has been publicly reported".

On Tuesday, members of the Senate Intelligence Committee need to pin Atty. Gen.

The biggest issues at play are Sessions' meetings with Russian officials, which he did not disclose at his confirmation hearings (if they were no big deal, why not just fess up?) After the meetings came to light, Sessions recused himself from involvement in any of the myriad Trump/Russia investigations, ignoring calls to resign.

Comey also said he told Sessions that he did not want to be left alone with Trump, because he didn't think it was appropriate for the president and the Federal Bureau of Investigation director to have private meetings. "Most of what we've been seeing and hearing from the critics have been gossip and innuendo and speculation, and I think the American people deserve to know the facts". Democratic Senator Sherrod Brown of Cleveland said the country's "despicable actions ... must be condemned".

During Sessions's confirmation hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee in January, he told Sen. Some say he perjured himself.

"Well, we were asked our opinion, and when we expressed it, which was consistent with the memorandum and letter we wrote", Sessions said. He was later allowed to amend the record after press reports that he had met the Russian ambassador, Sergey Kislyak, twice. But was there a third-something James Comey alluded to during his testimony last week and later discussed with senators behind closed doors?

Sessions recused himself from the Russian Federation probe the next day. Gen. Jeff Sessions and his role in Comey's firing, the Russian Federation investigation and other issues.

Comey described in great detail during his testimony how uncomfortable his one-on-one interactions with Trump made him and said he specifically asked Sessions, who was technically his superior, to help limit those interactions.

Spicer, the spokesman, declined to say then that Sessions enjoyed Trump's confidence, though spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders said later in the week that the president had confidence "in all of his Cabinet". But Trump undercut that version May 11, telling NBC News that the firing was in response to Comey's handling of the Russian Federation investigation.

It was the dramatic start to Sessions' much-anticipated sworn appearance before the committee.

DesJarlais said the president was "absolutely frustrated by the distraction of the investigation".

Although Sessions, a genteel 70-year-old from the southern state of Alabama, backed Trump's campaign, he was also one of the first administration officials to fly into turbulence.

Recently, Congress once again extended a ban on the Department of Justice using its funds to prosecute legitimate medical marijuana operations in states that have legalized the drug for medicinal purposes.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions is preparing for sharp questions from his former Senate colleagues about his role in the firing of James Comey and his Russian contacts during the campaign.

The Wisconsin Republican commented in response to a Trump friend, Chris Ruddy, the CEO of Newsmax, who suggested Monday night that the president was already thinking about "terminating" Mueller from his position as special counsel.

The deputy attorney general assured the Senate Appropriations Committee that Mueller will have "full independence".

Could Trump really fire special counsel Mueller? He added: "the false attacks, the innuendo, and the leaks, you can be sure, will not intimidate me".

Later, when Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., asked if Rosenstein knew of any reason to fire Mueller, the deputy attorney general was curt: "No, sir".

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