Jeff Sessions Testifies Before Senate Intelligence Committee

"I can not and will not violate my duty to protect the confidential communications I had with the president", Sessions said in his opening statement.

Sessions, a former Republican US senator and an early supporter of Trump, is expected to be asked to explain why he told senators in January he had no dealings with Russian officials past year while serving as a Trump adviser. He will answer questions about the FBI's ongoing Russian Federation probe and is expected to respond to former FBI Director James Comey's testimony last week.

During his opening statement before the Senate Intelligence Committee on Tuesday, Attorney General Jeff Sessions began by attacking Sen. Sources told CNN last week that the attorney general offered to resign after a series of heated exchanges with the President over his decision to recuse himself from the Russian Federation probe.

Asked about media reports that he had met with Kislyak on a third occasion at a Washington hotel a year ago, Sessions testified that did not remember meeting or having a conversation with the ambassador at the event.

Justice officials have strongly denied that such a meeting occurred. Days after that, Sessions also corrected his confirmation hearing testimony to inform the committee about the two meetings with Kislyak.

While he had recused himself from the Russian Federation probe, Mr Sessions said: "I did not recuse myself from defending my honour against scurrilous and false allegations".

Sessions, testifying before the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, also said that direct discussions between Comey and Trump would only be problematic if they had discussed ongoing investigations.

Following the May meeting in Oslo, North Korea urgently requested another meeting, which took place last week between the US envoy on North Korea, Joseph Yun, and the North's ambassador at the U.N.in NY. In that meeting, Comey reportedly shared his concern about proper communications protocol with the White House. "I have confidence in Mr. Mueller", he said. "To get into a hypothetical at this point would be premature".

However, Sessions could invoke executive privilege during his testimony depending on "the scope of the questions", the White House suggested on Monday. The former FBI Director said that, until mid-February, he chose not to approach Sessions about Trump's repeated approaches to him about the investigation of former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn. I am following the historic policies on the Department of Justice.

The testimony by Comey marked the latest chapter in a saga that has dogged the Republican Trump's first five months as president and distracted from his domestic policy agenda including major healthcare and tax cut initiatives. Trump "should voluntarily turn them over", Collins said. I responded to his comment by agreeing that the Federal Bureau of Investigation and Department of Justice needed to be careful to follow Department policies regarding appropriate contacts with the White House. Trump later admitted to Lester Holt of NBC News that he fired Comey because of the Russian Federation investigation. "I was honestly concerned that he might lie about the nature of our meeting, and so I thought it really important to document", the ex-FBI director testified.

Trump's aides have dodged questions about whether conversations relevant to the Russian Federation investigation have been recorded, and so has the president.

The official, who was not authorized to speak on the record about the sequence of events and requested anonymity, said that after Tillerson consulted with Trump, Yun was dispatched to North Korea. Comey was sacked by Trump on May 9. They also emphasized Comey's admission that he arranged to have contents of his memos leaked to the news media.

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