Sessions calls allegations of collusion with Russian Federation appalling

The former Federal Bureau of Investigation director discussed a host of issues surrounding Russia's meddling in the 2016 presidential election, though his remarks also raised questions that may now be directed at Sessions. Days after that, Sessions also corrected his confirmation hearing testimony to inform the committee about the two meetings with Kislyak.

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, the person who would be responsible for carrying out any such dismissal, told a different congressional panel he would not fire Mueller without good cause and he had seen no such cause.

"I have never met with or had any conversation with any Russians or any foreign officials concerning any type of interference with any campaign or election in the United States", Sessions told members of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence during a hearing on Russia.

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

Sessions said he was unable to share what Trump said-but also said that he was not invoking executive privilege.

Shortly after his opening, Sessions said that if he had talked with Kislyak, "It would've been certainly, I can assure you, nothing improper, if I'd had a conversation with him".

Testifying last week before the same committee, Comey recalled that Trump had asked him to "let go" of a probe into onetime national security advisor Michael Flynn - exposing the president to accusations of obstruction of justice, a potentially impeachable offense.

In essence, Sessions was invoking a future option of Trump's not to answer the questions posed because the president had been part of those conversations.

"I recused myself from any investigation into the campaign for president, but I did not recuse myself from defending my honor against scurrilous and false allegations", he said.

Democratic Senator Ron Wyden told Sessions, "I believe the American people have had it with stonewalling". Are they written down at the Department of Justice? "I am following the historic policies of the Department of Justice".

Attorney General Jeff Sessions' repeated refusal to answer lawmakers' skeptical inquiries Tuesday draws on a long legal and political tradition: Private deliberations involving the president and his top advisers often can be kept out of public view.

Trump has also signaled his disappointment with Sessions in recent weeks, but for different reasons.

During Comey's hearing before the Senate Intelligence Committee, he hinted at Sessions' role in the controversy.

You say, "This is classified, can't answer it here".

"I don't recall that being discussed", Sessions replied. "I did not attend any meetings at that event". "This is a secret innuendo being leaked out there about me, and I don't appreciate it".

"My understanding is you took an oath, you raised your right hand here today, and you said you would solemnly swear to tell the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth", Heinrich said.

Sessions' hearing marked the first time the attorney general had testified before Congress since he recused himself from the Justice Department's probe into Russian meddling in last year's election, and since the firing of FBI Director James Comey.

Burr said he wanted to know from Sessions what meetings he had with Russian officials or their proxies on behalf of the Trump campaign, why he recused himself from the Russia investigation and what role, if any, he played in the firing of Comey.

But Mr. Sessions did succeed in tamping down suspicions over his meetings with Mr. Kislyak, Mr. Cramer said, and in particular their possible encounter at the Mayflower. A senior Republican staffer was reportedly incredulous when asked whether Sessions thought of himself as a foreign policy specialist and met regularly with ambassadors while he was a senator. Russian Federation has denied interfering in the US election. He has acknowledged two meetings past year with Russia's ambassador to the U.S., Sergei Kislyak.

When Wyden accused him of not answering the questions about Comey's reported remark that his behavior after recusing himself from the Russian Federation probe was "problematic", Sessions chuckled and then launched into his most theatrical defense of his actions.

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