Sessions: Comey's Oval Office Meeting With Trump 'Not Problematic'

Sessions: Comey's Oval Office Meeting With Trump 'Not Problematic'

Sessions: Comey's Oval Office Meeting With Trump 'Not Problematic'

Attorney General Jeff Sessions faced questioning from his former Senate colleagues Tuesday afternoon as he testified before the same committee that last week hosted James Comey, the fired Federal Bureau of Investigation director.

Last week, Comey told the Senate committee that Trump had fired him to undermine the FBI's investigation of the Russian Federation matter. He would not say that he was ordered out of the room as Comey testified last week.

WYDEN: He said it was problematic.

That leaves a lot of troubling, important questions for Sessions to answer.

He recused himself in March from involvement in the FBI's Russia investigation after he failed to disclose two conversations he had with Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak. The committee shortly after said the hearing would be open.

Similarly, he did not answer whether Trump had expressed concern to Sessions about the attorney general's March decision to recuse himself from the Russian Federation investigation.

Sessions repeatedly refused to discuss private conversations with Trump on a wide variety of topics.

Wyden asked Sessions what problematic issues existed. Sens. Al Franken of Minnesota and Patrick Leahy of Vermont have sought an FBI investigation and have requested to be briefed on what the bureau knows about any such encounter.

"Well, we talked about that", Sessions responded. That was not so, he said.

The nation's top law enforcement official - who has recused himself from all ongoing Russian Federation investigations - has himself become a focal point in congressional probes into the allegations of election meddling, in possible collusion with Trump's team, that have dogged the young administration.

Rubio asked Sessions about the changes that were mysteriously made to the Republican platform with respect to Ukraine, a key element of suspicion in the Russian Federation matter.

ME independent Sen. Angus King asked a number of questions about the basis for Sessions' refusal to answer questions.

"If I don't qualify it, you'll accuse me of lying", he whined. There are none, Sen. "But I have to tell you, I can not testify to what was said as we were standing at the Republican Convention before the podium where I spoke".

The attorney general vowed to defend his honor "against scurrilous and false allegations", adding that any suggestion about his knowledge of a collusion would be a "detestable and appalling lie". "Although a lot of people at the convention, it's conceivable", Sessions replied.

Sen. Mark Warner, D., Va., asked the attorney general if he had confidence in former FBI Director Robert Mueller's appointment as special counsel to probe whether the Trump campaign colluded with Russian Federation.

Sessions was involved in the Trump campaign since early 2016.

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. "I am following the historic policies of the Department of Justice", he said.

While [Comey] did not provide me with any of the substance of his conversation with the President, Mr. Comey expressed concern about the proper communications protocol with the White House and with the President. "I'm not sure what was in his mind specifically".

In this hearing, she asked Sessions what was his legal basis for refusing to answer questions about his communications with President Trump.

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