Sessions brands Russia collusion claims a 'detestable lie'

Attorney General Jeff Sessions

Attorney General Jeff Sessions

He also contradicted fired Federal Bureau of Investigation director James Comey's testimony about his concerns over a meeting he had with Mr Trump.

USA attorney-general Jeff Sessions is all set to testify publicly to a Senate panel on Tuesday, setting up another potentially dramatic congressional hearing on possible ties between President Donald Trump's campaign and Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential race.

Democratic Senator Dianne Feinstein said in the hearing she was disturbed by the reports on the possible firing of Mueller, saying that to dismiss him "would be catastrophic".

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein says he will "defend the integrity" of the special counsel's investigation into Russian interference in the US elections. Ron Wyden: "There are none".

By mid-morning Monday, Sessions had issued a statement agreeing to testify publicly.

Sessions also argued that his recusal from the Russian Federation investigation did not mean that he should be barred from his oversight duties over the FBI, following claims by Democrats that he should have not played a role in Comey's firing.

US intelligence agencies concluded in a report released in January that Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered an effort to interfere in the election to help Trump in part by hacking and releasing damaging emails about Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton.

Sessions heads to Capitol Hill in a perilous position with his boss, with Trump reportedly growing displeased with his attorney general, notably over his recusal on the Russian Federation probe.

"I do not" Sessions said when asked whether he knows whether the president records his conversations.

Democratic senators repeatedly criticized Sessions for dispatching Rosenstein to testify Tuesday in his place about the Justice Department's budget to an Appropriations subcommittee. "They don't decide prosecution".

In his defense, Sessions could cite a memo written by Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein that criticized Comey over the Hillary Clinton email investigation.

After his May and September contacts with Kushner became known, Sessions recused himself from the Russian Federation investigation.

However, Sessions refused to say whether he ever spoke with Trump about firing Comey.

But Sessions disputed that was why he lingered, suggesting there was really nothing to it.

And while he had recused himself from the Russian Federation probe, Sessions insisted, "I did not recuse myself from defending my honour against scurrilous and false allegations".

Indiana mother who killed 2 children faces new murder charge
Pasztor told police she killed Macomber to "send a message to the "cartels" not to mess with her", according to court documents. A prosecutor has filed a new murder charge against an IN woman who pleaded guilty to fatally smothering her two children.

Sessions says his recusal was not because he had done something wrong or was, himself, the subject of the investigation. His spokeswoman has denied that any such private encounter occurred.

He says it "became clear to me over time that I qualified as a principal adviser to the campaign and it was appropriate and right for me to recuse myself".

In his dramatic appearance before former colleagues, Sessions also contradicted a contention made by former FBI Director James Comey at a hearing before the same panel last week. Such a move would create a firestorm coming weeks after Trump fired FBI Director James Comey. This was after a February meeting in which Comey said Trump told Sessions and others to leave the room before asking him to drop a probe into National Security Adviser Michael Flynn's contacts with Russian Federation. The Justice Department has denied that, saying Sessions stressed to Comey the need to be careful about following appropriate policies.

On Monday, in a unusual photo op, members of Trump's Cabinet lavished praise on the President, who has struggled to extricate himself from the Russian Federation cloud over his White House.

Sessions said he had confidence in special counsel Robert Mueller, but said that his recusal from the Russian Federation probe would stop him taking part in any hypothetical effort to remove him.

Tuesday's hearing may also throw new light on the awkward state of the relationship between Trump and Sessions.

"The suggestion that I participated in any collusion.is an appalling and detestable lie", Sessions said.

Asked about Trump's own contention that the president fired Comey with the Russian Federation probe in mind, and regardless of any recommendation from anyone else, Sessions said: "I guess I'll just have to let his words speak for themselves".

His impassioned response came after Senate Democrats raised questions about whether Sessions privately met with Sergey Kislyak at an April 2016 foreign policy event at the Mayflower Hotel in Washington.

He vowed to defend his honour "against scurrilous and false allegations".

Senate Intelligence Chairman Richard Burr, R-N.C., and Vice Chairman Mark Warner, D-Va., jointly announced that Sessions would testify on new developments Tuesday at 2:30 p.m. ET "in open session".

Burr says the committee staff met with Johnson on Monday.

The U.S. Attorney General denounced as a "detestable lie" any charges that he had been party to any Russian election inteference during the 2016 campaign, as Jeff Sessions sidestepped a number of questions from Democrats in a politically tinged hearing on Russia's actions before the Senate Intelligence Committee. They will also ask about his decision to recuse from an investigation into possible ties between Moscow and associates of President Donald Trump.

Trump watched Sessions testify aboard Air Force One during about 90-minute flight to Milwaukee, an aide told CNN.

Recommended News

  • Triumphant Corbyn declares Labour 'a government in waiting'

    Urging MPs to maintain "unity and collective discipline", he said Labour must act as a "government in waiting". Theresa May has no mandate to govern, he suggested, and her administration is "on notice from voters".

    Finals MVP Durant celebrates with fans outside Oracle Arena

    Monday's loss denied the Cavaliers a chance to repeat as champions and for James to get his fourth championship ring. LeBron James of the Cavaliers meanwhile said, "I left everything on the floor every game, all five games".

    Sessions Confirms Some Facts About Comey's Private Trump Chat

    Prior to the speech, I attended a reception with my staff that included at least two dozen people and President Trump. Sessions raised his voice to the Democratic senator pressing him for an answer, insisting there were no such reasons.
  • Dennis Rodman Says He's On 'Mission' In New Visit To North Korea

    His entourage included Joseph Terwilliger, a professor who has accompanied Rodman on previous trips to North Korea. Tillerson says the State Department continues discussing three other detained Americans with North Korea.
    E3 2017: Razer Unveils Thresher Ultimate Headset for PS4 and Xbox One

    E3 2017: Razer Unveils Thresher Ultimate Headset for PS4 and Xbox One

    Both versions are priced at $249.99/€279.99 and will be available on Razerzone.com this month and worldwide in July. Here's a look at the Xbox version of the Razer Thresher Ultimate, complete with docking station.

    Suspected North Korea drone took photos of USA missile-defense site

    The drone, according to the report, was found last week just days after North Korea test-fired a salvo of anti-ship missiles. Separately, former National Basketball Association (NBA) star Dennis Rodman is expected to arrive in North Korea on Tuesday.
  • Trump Considering Firing Special Counsel? Just Another Example Of Stirring The Pot

    Jeanne Shaheen, D-N.H., if he's seen any reason for Mueller to be fired, Rosenstein said, "I have not". Ruddy, an early donor to Trump's presidential campaign, was reportedly at the White House on Monday.

    Accelerating Growth & Analysts Upside Potential For Cabot Oil & Gas Corporation (NYSE:COG)

    Crestwood Advisors Group LLC acquired a new position in Cabot Oil & Gas Co. during the first quarter valued at about $167,000. If you are reading this piece on another site, it was copied illegally and reposted in violation of worldwide copyright law.
    Is Apple bringing drag-and-drop to the iPhone? It's possible

    Is Apple bringing drag-and-drop to the iPhone? It's possible

    Apple Maps has been beefed up on the new version of iOS so that it can guide you around airports including Heathrow and Gatwick. Live photos can be looped so they repeat endlessly and played forward and then reversed using a function called Bounce.
  • Philippines says Islamic State controls 20% of besieged city

    Philippines says Islamic State controls 20% of besieged city

    The President has been very supportive and is quite emphatic that the Marawi siege should be totally settled", he added. Some of the marines perished in a fire ignited by the militants at the height of the fighting, military officials said.
    Trump says healthcare reform push may need additional money

    Trump says healthcare reform push may need additional money

    The effort was revived shortly thereafter, several amendments were accepted to bring moderate and conservative factions on board. Vice President Mike Pence , who has worked with Senate Republicans for weeks on health care, will also join the lunch.

    Sessions to face sharp questions on Trump, Russia, Comey

    Here are five facts about Attorney General Jeff Sessions , who testified Tuesday before the Senate Intelligence Committee . Sessions raised his voice to the Democratic senator pressing him for an answer, insisting there were no such reasons.

We are pleased to provide this opportunity to share information, experiences and observations about what's in the news.
Some of the comments may be reprinted elsewhere in the site or in the newspaper.
Thank you for taking the time to offer your thoughts.