Jeff Sessions' Senate Intelligence Committee Testimony

Comey testified that he did not tell Sessions specifically about what Trump had said because he and other FBI officials expected that Sessions would soon have to recuse himself, based on classified facts "that would make his continued engagement in a Russia-related investigation problematic". "Sessions actually offered to resign, even though his friends say he doesn't want to leave, but Trump has refused to accept that resignation". "He believes it is important for the American people to hear the truth directly from him and looks forward to answering the committee's questions tomorrow".

"As far as I'm concerned, yes", Rosenstein replied. Mueller also won votes of support Tuesday from the top two Republicans in Congress, House Speaker Paul Ryan of Wisconsin and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, both of whom said they have confidence in him. He asserted that "I am protecting the right of the president to assert if it he chooses and there may be other privileges that may apply".

"I did not have any private meetings, nor do I recall any conversations with any Russian officials at the Mayflower Hotel", said Sessions. Because laughing at Jeff Sessions can get you up to 6 months in prison in the land of the free and the home of the courageous.

Afterward, Comey 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.

Once they had left, Comey said, Trump said he hoped that Comey could see his way to "letting go" of the investigation into former national security adviser Michael Flynn's ties with the Russian government.

Testifying at a Senate hearing, Sessions said it was a "detestable and appalling lie" to suggest that he participated in or was aware of any collusion between Russian Federation and the Trump campaign.

Sessions is the most senior member of Trump's administration caught up in the Russian Federation controversy.

Democrats warned that Congress would turn around and re-appoint Mueller as independent counsel if Trump dismisses him.

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 before on Tuesday. He recused himself from the investigation into the campaign's ties to Russian Federation, but later played a hand in ousting Comey, who the president said was sacked for his handling of the Russian Federation investigation. Whether Trump's actions, including Comey's firing, count as obstruction of justice has been the subject of heated debate among legal, political, and security experts since.

It subsequently emerged that he had met with Sergei Kislyak, Moscow's ambassador to the United States, once around the time of the Republican convention and he later hosted him in his Senate office. He said Warmbier, 22, of Cincinnati, Ohio, was en route to the USA, where he will be reunited with his family. "In the past week, there have been reports of a third meeting".

The abrupt dismissal of Comey prompted Trump's critics to charge that the president was trying to interfere with a criminal investigation.

Trump has expressed frustration with Sessions, one of his earliest high-profile campaign backers, who has recused himself from investigations into alleged Russian interference in last year's election, and possible collusion with the Trump campaign.

In the May letter, Sessions urged lawmakers to ditch a ban on the Department of Justice going after legitimate medical marijuana suppliers in states where its consumption for medical purposes is legalized.

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