President says Sessions did 'very good job,' comments on Mueller rumors

Ousted FBI director James Comey listens during a hearing before the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence on Capitol Hill

Ousted FBI director James Comey listens during a hearing before the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence on Capitol Hill

The Justice Department has denied that, saying Sessions stressed to Comey the need to be careful about following appropriate policies.

And while he had recused himself from the Russian Federation probe, Sessions insisted, "I did not recuse myself from defending my honor against scurrilous and false allegations". "I may have had an encounter" with Ambassador Kislyak at a District of Columbia hotel in April 2016, Sessions allowed.

Sessions also corroborated part of Comey's testimony during the hearing, but contradicted others.

"I think so", Sessions replied. There are none, Sen.

Before he became attorney general, Sessions served two decades as a Republican senator from Alabama. He also said he hasn't spoken to special counsel Robert Mueller about the Russian investigation.

"People are suggesting through innuendo that I have been not honest about matters, and I've tried to be honest", he said.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions is a star player in two key controversies about the Trump administration: the investigation into Donald Trump campaign's connections with Russian Federation and whether the president improperly interfered in an FBI investigation.

He said he would agree to dismiss Mueller only if there were a legitimate basis to do so, and an order from the president would not necessarily qualify.

And he added that he discussed the need for a "fresh start" at the Federal Bureau of Investigation with Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein before either of the men were confirmed to their posts.

"I don't recall a conversation like that", Comey said.

Mr Sessions largely confirmed a key portion of Mr Comey's description of a February meeting at the White House, at which the attorney general and Mr Trump's son-in-law Jared Kushner left the Oval Office so the president and Mr Comey could speak alone. "I'm not sure what was in his mind, specifically".

The Senate Intelligence Committee hearing is the latest step in multiple ongoing investigations into Russian meddling in last year's US presidential election and Trump's firing of another FBI chief, James Comey, who was heading the investigation into Russian meddling when Trump dismissed him a month ago.

On another hot-button issue, Sen.

As attorney general, Sessions is unlikely to answer in detail questions about conversations he's had with Trump.

According to Comey, Trump said of Flynn: "He is a good guy". "If any brief interaction occurred in passing with the Russian ambassador, I do not remember it", Sessions said. Sessions requested an open hearing, though he made clear in his opening remarks and several times during his testimony that there were some things he would not discuss, including confidential conversations with the president.

But if today's hearing reveals anything, it's that Donald Trump is disinterested in Russian interference, and Jeff Sessions finds it deeply unmemorable.

During his testimony, the Attorney General was asked if he had been given some of the details about the "active measures" used by Russian Federation to interfere in the US elections - his answer was, no, as Sessions said he had stayed away from anything to do with the matter, to honor his recusal as Attorney General.

In light of his recusal from the Russian Federation investigation, he said that he does not receive briefings on the investigation and does not have any more information than what is publicly reported and said he doesn't read that information closely.

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