Dem Senator Tells Jeff Sessions That He's 'Impeding' the Investigation

Similarly, he did not answer whether Trump had expressed concern to Sessions about the attorney general's March decision to recuse himself from the Russian Federation investigation.

"I believe it was the next day that [Comey] said something, expressed concern, about being left alone with the president", Sessions said. Days after that, Sessions also corrected his confirmation hearing testimony to inform the committee about the two meetings with Kislyak. 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. One mistake under oath can be explained away - a second would be extremely damaging.

In his appearance before the Senate committee, Sessions appeared to contradict a contention Comey made during his hearing.

White House press secretary Sean Spicer arrives for the daily briefing at the White House in Washington, Monday, June 12, 2017. First he claimed that "consistent with longstanding Department of Justice practice, I can not and will not violate my duty to protect confidential communications with the president". We're aware of it. "And we'll go from there", Spicer told reporters. Martin Heinrich, D-N.M., asked whether Trump had expressed any frustration with Sessions about his decision to recuse himself from the Russian Federation investigation. Senators questioned him about his dealings with the Russian ambassador and the firing of FBI Director James Comey. This time, however, the nation was watching as Attorney General Jeff Sessions spoke before the Senate Intelligence Committee.

SESSIONS: You mean such issues as nuclear issues?

"Jeff could add a lot of light to it as to why he recused himself", Sen.

During Tuesday's Intelligence Committee hearing, U.S. Sen.

Sessions said President Trump did talk about Comey's firing and said he was upset with Comey's handling of the Russian investigation.

Sessions repeatedly refused to discuss private conversations with Trump on a wide variety of topics.

The former Republican U.S. senator, an early supporter of Trump's presidential campaign, will likely have to explain why he told lawmakers in January that he had no dealings with Russian officials past year.

Why? Because he personally recused himself from all things related to the Trump campaign's ties to Russian Federation the day after he was sworn into office.

Democratic senators have seized on the possibility of a third meeting at that event to suggest that Sessions has not been forthcoming about the extent of his communications with the ambassador. But under questioning, Sessions acknowledged that Trump's campaign foreign policy advisers "never functioned as a coherent team" and there were members of that group he never met.

Sessions said he was unable to share what Trump said-but also said that he was not invoking executive privilege.

"I did not have any private meetings, nor do I recall any conversations with any Russian officials at the Mayflower Hotel".

"The rules apply to the Department of Justice so it's the duty of the Federal Bureau of Investigation agent to say, 'Mr".

Sessions said on Tuesday he did not recuse himself because he felt he was a subject of the investigation himself but rather because he felt he was required to by Justice Department rules.

There may be additional contacts Sessions had with the Russians beyond the two reported by the Post, including allegations of a third meeting past year between the attorney general and the Russian ambassador at the Mayflower Hotel in Washington. But that changed Tuesday, with a variety of Republicans coming to Sessions' (and the White House's) aide.

Kushner and Sessions were also in the room, contemporaneous news reports say. Sessions' aides have insisted he did not speak to Kislyak.

"You said you would solemnly swear to tell the truth the whole truth and nothing but the truth", Heinrich told Sessions.

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