Jeff Sessions To Testify Before Senate Intelligence Committee

Secondly, Sessions is likely to be asked why, after recusing himself from oversight of claims of Russian election meddling because he was on Trump's campaign team, he played a key role in the decision to recommend the President fire Comey last month.

- Sessions denies that he did not respond to Comey's plea. "I am following the historic policies of the Department of Justice" on private discussions with the White House.

The former Alabama senator also defended himself against accusations that he misrepresented himself during his confirmation hearing when he said he hadn't met with Russian officials during the campaign. "And so I don't doubt that he was", said Sessions, as he was questioned by committee Chairman Sen.

In a combative and emotional Senate hearing, Sessions beseeched his former Senate colleagues to believe him when he said he did not hold a meeting with Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak at a speech by then-candidate Donald Trump at the Mayflower hotel a year ago.

Franken had previously asked Sessions in his confirmation hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee about contacts between members of President Trump's campaign and Russian Federation. But he denied reports that he had a third, previously undisclosed meeting with Kislyak at the Mayflower Hotel in Washington in April 2016. But Sessions said he did not remember Kislyak being there and had no recollection of interacting with him at the event.

Sessions shot back: "I am not stonewalling". That was not so, he said.

As news of his testimony broke, Sessions attended a Cabinet meeting with Trump at the White House.

What to expect: Sessions will be asked about his ties to Kislyak.

"Why don't you tell me? There are none, Sen Wyden, there are none", Mr Sessions insisted, his voice rising. "This is a secret innuendo being leaked out there about me, and I don't appreciate it". But Sessions recused himself from the Russian Federation investigation in March after the revelations of the two Kislyak meetings.

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, for his part, said Tuesday that Trump can not fire Mueller - and that he saw "no basis" to terminate the special counsel.

If Trump were targeting Mueller, dismissing him would not be a simple matter. "The Senate Intelligence Committee is the most appropriate forum for such matters, as it has been conducting an investigation and has access to relevant, classified information". 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 not stonewalling", he responded stoutly. He also asked why Sessions recused himself from oversight of the FBI's Russian Federation probe and wanted to know what role in played in Comey's dismissal. He also declined to say whether he believed Trump had confidence in Mueller, saying he hadn't discussed the matter with the president. Rodman is one of few people to have met both North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and President Donald Trump. "I'm not sure what was in his mind specifically". And he said that Sessions' decision to leave Comey and Trump alone in the Oval Office on February 14, for an encounter in which the President asked the Federal Bureau of Investigation chief to let up on then national security adviser Michael Flynn was a "very concerning action".

He had expected to invoke executive privilege in re conversations with Trump.

It also means the Russian Federation storm will continue to swamp Trump's agenda.

"I think what needs to happen tomorrow is the panel needs to very carefully craft their questions so that they can illicit responses which would be outside of the privilege". "I hope you can let this go". The White House's official line said Trump terminated Comey because of a critical memo that Rosenstein wrote about the way Comey handled the investigation into Hillary Clinton's use of a personal email account while secretary of state.

Trump made his frustration known publicly on Twitter on June 5, when he criticized Sessions's office for the way it acted on the president's travel ban on visitors from some Muslim-majority countries.

"If, as the president said, I was sacked because of the Russian Federation investigation, why was the attorney general involved in that chain?"

Would any such tapes have to be preserved?

"I don't know Sen".

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