Trump Jr. tweets: Jeff Sessions 'crushed it' in opening statement

Trump Jr. tweets: Jeff Sessions 'crushed it' in opening statement

Trump Jr. tweets: Jeff Sessions 'crushed it' in opening statement

The hearing has been testy as Sessions has not been forthcoming with his answers.

"I have never met with or had any conversation with any Russian or foreign officials concerning a campaign or election", Sessions said. "Further, I have no knowledge of any such conversations by anyone connection to the Trump campaign".

Sessions refused to say whether he had ever discussed the Russian Federation investigation with Trump, arguing that he could not disclose private communications with the president.

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

Comey himself had a riveting appearance before the same Senate panel last week, with some key moments centered on Sessions.

If Comey had information that Sessions would need to recuse himself, he said, that would have been "double reason" to talk to Boente.

"I do want to say that a change at the top of the FBI should have no impact whatsoever on an investigation", Warner added, noting that his request was "not about re-litigating 2016, it's about finding out what happened".

Sessions later stressed he did not feel it was appropriate to disclose the nature of conversations that were potentially subject to the president's executive privilege (which Trump has not yet exercised).

Visibly frustrated, Sessions shot back "why don't you tell me?"

"I am not stonewalling", he said.

"There is no legally binding basis for refusing to answer questions unrelated to an ongoing investigation unless the President is invoking executive privilege", William Yeomans, a 26-year veteran of the Justice Department and fellow at American University Law School, told CNN."That privilege is not absolute - it can be overcome by a sufficient interest".

"I am not stonewalling", Sessions said.

Democratic Senator Dianne Feinstein of California told Rosenstein, "It would be catastrophic" if Trump fired Mueller.

"You're impeding this investigation", he said.

The North Carolina Republican senator gave the update Tuesday at the beginning of an open hearing to hear testimony from Attorney General Jeff Sessions. He never, he insisted, knew anything about the Russian Federation probe or had any role in it.

Asked about media reports that he had met with Kislyak on a third occasion at a Washington hotel previous year, Sessions testified that did not remember meeting or having a conversation with the ambassador at the event.

Sessions's comments came during his Senate testimony on whether he met privately with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak at an April 2016 foreign policy event at the Mayflower Hotel in Washington.

"I did not have any private meetings, nor do I recall any conversations with any Russian officials at the Mayflower Hotel", said Sessions. Days after that, Sessions also corrected his confirmation hearing testimony to inform the committee about the two meetings with Kislyak. But Sessions says he had concerns about Comey's job performance even before he was confirmed.

"You said you would solemnly swear to tell the truth the whole truth and nothing but the truth", Heinrich told Sessions.

Comey, testifying before the same committee last week, defended his decision to announce the results on his own.

Thursday, Comey told the committee that it's his belief that he was sacked by Trump to "relieve" pressure from the Justice Department's inquiry.

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