Oregon Sen. Ron Wyden Has Heated Exchange With US Attorney General

Alex Brandon  AP

Alex Brandon AP

In his testimony today before the Senate Intelligence Committee, Sessions - the U.S.'s chief law enforcement officer - told Sen. Worse, Sessions refused to commit to tell senators more in a classified, closed-door session as Adm. Mike Rogers, the National Security Agency director, did on Monday evening.

"It's unacceptable that Sessions - the top law enforcement official in the country - can not name his legal basis for evading questions", Harris, a former Attorney General of California, said on Twitter. Ron Wyden (D-Oregon) said. "This is a secret innuendo being leaked out there about me, and I don't appreciate it".

The Attorney General also disputed an account of a conversation with former FBI Director James Comey, who testified before Congress last week saying that he told Sessions he did not want to be left alone with Mr Trump.

"Mr. Comey said that there were matters with respect to the recusal that were problematic and he couldn't talk about them".

Mr. Comey last week said the FBI was "aware of facts" that would have made it "problematic" for Mr. Sessions to be involved in the Russian Federation investigation.

Sessions criticized Comey's handling of the Hillary Clinton email investigation, which the White House had initially cited as the ostensible reason for his firing. The FBI is part of the Justice Department that Sessions heads.

"Wait a second, everybody knows there was communication between Russian Federation and Michael Flynn, that's why he was sacked", Colbert says, adding, "Sessions really seems to know nothing, which explains why he was the first senator to endorse Trump".

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

Earlier, Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., asked Sessions why, after recusing himself from the Russian Federation inquiry, he signed a letter last month recommending that President Trump fire Comey.

"He told me repeatedly that he had talked to lots of people about me, including our current attorney general, and had learned that I was doing a great job and that I was extremely well-liked by the Federal Bureau of Investigation workforce", Comey told the committee.

He said he had recused himself from the investigation under Department of Justice rules because he had been a campaign adviser to Donald Trump, but not due to any potential "wrongdoing" in relation to Russian Federation. He says he stepped aside because Justice Department rules prevent such a conflict of interest.

Sessions was asked about all of this under oath Tuesday by the Senate Intelligence Committee, the lead congressional committee on Russian Federation. "Come before the Senate Judiciary Committee to speak honestly and openly with those who you first misled".

In a testimony before the Senate Intelligence Committee last week, Comey raised red flags when he said that prior to Sessions' recusal, the FBI was aware of information that would have made his continued involvement in the Russian Federation investigation "problematic". Sessions had written a letter to Trump recommending Comey's firing.

Sessions says he was not silent, saying he stressed to Comey the need to be careful about following appropriate policies. "I am following the historic policies of the Department of Justice" on private discussions with the White House.

But the majority of the responses from Sessions went around in circles, and some on the committee grew clearly frustrated.

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.

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