Sessions denies any collusion with Russian Federation in senate hearing

Tuesday at the Senate Intelligence Committee hearing featuring testimony from Attorney General Jeff Sessions, Sen.

Sessions revealed Tuesday that he and Deputy Attorney General Rod J. Rosenstein had discussed Comey and his handling of the investigation into Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server while she was secretary of state.

"Maybe it's because multiple Democrats on this committee have stated they have seen no evidence thus far after six months of our investigation and 11 months of an FBI investigation of any such collusion", he said. He did allow for the possibility the men could have had a brief interaction "in passing" at a well-attended reception at the Mayflower Hotel before an April 2016 foreign policy speech by then-candidate Trump.

He said: "I recused myself not because of asserting wrongdoing or any belief that I may have been involved in wrongdoing in the campaign". But: Sessions also said he thought Comey should be fired. For one thing, the attorney general testified in a separate congressional hearing: "I have confidence in Mr. Mueller".

He denied that he recused himself from overseeing the Russian Federation investigation because he wasn't forthcoming about Russian Federation meetings.

But the attorney general told the senate he "did not remember that, but I understand that he was there".

He said he felt okay leaving Comey alone with the president in the Oval Office. In addition to his testimony, the fate of special counsel Robert Mueller is also in the air. "And when asked I said that to the president".

"I think it depends on the scope of the questions", Spicer said.

"Senator, I'm not going to follow any orders unless I believe those are lawful and appropriate orders", Rosenstein answered.

Sessions denied any collusion with Russian to meddle in the US presidential election, saying the accusations are "scurrilous", "appalling", "detestable".

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.

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. "If there were not good cause, it wouldn't matter to me what anybody says". Some Democrats said Trump's actions could amount to an obstruction of justice. "I did not recuse myself from defending my honor against scurrilous and false allegations", Sessions said, testifying before the Senate Intelligence Committee.

Under questioning from Sen.

"I've never received any detailed briefing on how hacking occurred or how information was alleged to have influenced the campaign", Sessions said.

McCain indicated as much when he asked whether Sessions had ever brought up or held hearings on Russia-related security issues in his capacity as the chairman of the Strategic Forces Subcommittee. Several Senators and the Attorney General shared the common perspective that Russian Federation interfered with the 2016 election and has stepped up its espionage efforts within the United States. Then, he said, referring to his earlier Senate confirmation hearing, "I believe that is the report that Sen".

That led to a series of frustrated and sometimes tense exchanges with critics of President Donald Trump on the panel, NBC News reported.

"I do not", Mr Sessions replied.

He says he is confident that Mueller will have "the full independence he needs" to investigate thoroughly.

"Some of that leaked out of the committee that he said in closed sessions", Sessions claimed.

Sessions recused himself from the Russian Federation investigation on March 2, two weeks after Comey's Oval Office one-on-one with Trump. Such a move would create a firestorm coming weeks after Trump fired FBI Director James Comey.

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