Attorney General Jeff Sessions testifies on Russian Federation probe, Comey firing

US Attorney General Jeff Sessions has not responded relevant questions related to the Russian Federation probe during a congressional testimony while having no legal excuses for doing so, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said in a press release.

Democratic senators expressed frustration with Sessions on several occasions.

Sessions dodged questions about were whether he had discussed Federal Bureau of Investigation director James Comey's handling of the FBI's Russian Federation probe with Trump before the president fired Comey on May 9.

"Sen. Heinrich, I'm not able to share with this committee private communications - " Sessions said, before Heinrich cut him off. "I hope you can let this go".

Harris: When you knew that you would be asked these questions and you would rely on this policy, did you not ask your staff to show you the policy that would be the basis for refusing to answer the majority of the questions that have been asked of you. He did allow for the possibility that he encountered him in a reception that he said was attended by a couple dozen people, though he said he had no specific recollection of that. The FBI is part of the Justice Department that Sessions heads.

Executive privilege is a power that can be claimed by a president or senior executive branch officials to withhold information from Congress or the courts to protect the executive branch decision-making process.

The hearing didn't delve too deeply into the original concern behind the Senate intelligence committee inquiry, which is what Russian actors allegedly did the election to hack emails, and allegedly voting systems, to undermine faith in the U.S. Democratic process.

"If President Trump ordered you to fire Special Counsel Mueller, what would you do?" asked Sen. He said at his January confirmation hearing that he had not met with Russians during the campaign.

"That's my judgment that it would be inappropriate for me to answer and reveal private conversations with the president when he has not had a full opportunity to review the questions and to make a decision on whether or not to approve such an answer", Sessions said.

"Senator Feinstein, that would call for a communication between the director and the president and I'm not able to comment on that". Republicans were mostly noncombative, if not friendly to Sessions Tuesday, maybe none more so than Sen.

While the Justice Department has said Sessions recused himself in March because of his involvement in Trump's campaign, Comey testified that the Federal Bureau of Investigation knew of information that would have made it "problematic" for Sessions to be involved.

It's not clear if Sessions meant to pay penance to Trump after their relationship strained over the President's concerns that Sessions burned him by stepping aside from the Russian Federation probe - but he did a good job defending the White House anyway.

When asked about rumors that the president was considering firing special prosecutor Robert Mueller, Sanders said the president wasn't planning on doing so any time soon.

Such a move would be complicated and potentially politically explosive. For one thing, the attorney general testified in a separate congressional hearing: "I have confidence in Mr. Mueller".

Washington power-players have pushed back against the suggestion that the special counsel investigating the Russian Federation affair could be fired, moving to tamp down the sudden talk bubbling up from allies of U.S. President Donald Trump.

Democratic senators pressed him on the legal rationale for his refusal to discuss those private conversations, as Sessions acknowledged that Trump had not asserted executive privilege around the hearing. He has acknowledged two meetings a year ago with Russia's ambassador to the U.S., Sergei Kislyak.

The White House said Trump thinks Sessions "did a very good job" in his testimony.

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.

Recommended News

  • Jeff Sessions Testifies About The Russia Investigation

    There are none, Sen. "This is a secret innuendo being leaked out there about me, and I don't appreciate it". Rodman is one of few people to have met both North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and President Donald Trump .

    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.

    Kevin Durant sends love to Rihanna after Warriors win title

    But it was Durant, who left Oklahoma City for Oakland at the end of last season, who carried the team . Pretty much all their big-name guys are in their 20s, and they don't show any signs of slowing down.
  • 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".
    Cameron Diaz gushes over husband: 'I feel so lucky'

    Cameron Diaz gushes over husband: 'I feel so lucky'

    She also added that both of them rely on each other's strengths and they complement each other better. For her, it just so happened that she was in her forties when she met her life partner, Benji .
    Korea drone photographed US missile-defense site

    Korea drone photographed US missile-defense site

    A suspected North Korean drone crashed a few miles from the DMZ after being observed taking photos of THAAD installations. South Korean officials recently stumbled upon what is believed to be a North Korean drone that didn't make it back home.
  • Residents Being Evacuated from Burning Building in London

    Residents Being Evacuated from Burning Building in London

    He added that given the thickness of the smoke, he would be surprised if anyone could have left the building without assistance. Residents said the blaze appeared to start in an apartment on a lower floor and spread upward quickly.
    China reasserts hard line on Taiwan after Panama's switch

    China reasserts hard line on Taiwan after Panama's switch

    East Asia and Pacific: Kiribati, Nauru, Solomon Islands, Republic of the Marshall Islands, Republic of Palau, Tuvalu. Of the countries that still have ties, Panama has the largest economy.

    Rodman begins sightseeing on NKorea trip he hopes opens door

    Reason for detention: The two American journalists were charged with entering North Korea illegally to conduct a smear campaign. David Lee, who said he studied with Kim Hak-song in the United States, said Kim Hak-song would send food to North Korea.
  • May to form new government after losing parliamentary majority

    Jeremy Corbyn could have been Britain's next Prime Minister - if it wasn't for the performance of the Conservatives in Scotland. With 649 of 650 seats declared, the Conservatives had won 318 seats, short of the 326 needed for a parliamentary majority.
    Indyref2 plans a factor in SNP election result, Nicola Sturgeon admits

    Indyref2 plans a factor in SNP election result, Nicola Sturgeon admits

    Glassey said the leader of the SNP, Nicola Sturgeon , pressing the issue of independence in the run-up to the election showed she was out of touch.
    British Pound Remains Lower After UK Election

    British Pound Remains Lower After UK Election

    Conservative supporters also said Brexit had been the most important factor in their decision, as did Liberal Democrat voters. Without the amendments, he said Labour would try to vote down the speech. "I am delighted to see Labour do so well.

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.