Were Russians spying on Kansas infrastructure? McCain asks Sessions

All eyes were on Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Tuesday as he testified before the Senate intelligence committee less than a week after ousted FBI Director James Comey's testimony.

Maybe that is because Jim Comey said last week as he said to Donald Trump on three occasions he assured him he was not under investigation.

Jeff Sessions has heatedly denied that he had any undisclosed meeting with the Russian ambassador or conversations with Russian officials about the United States elections.

An apparent fracture on the committee even emerged when, after Chairman Richard Burr said they were intensely focused on Russian interference in the election, Sen.

Sessions recused himself in March from a federal investigation into contacts between Russia and the Trump presidential campaign after acknowledging that he had met twice a year ago with the Russian ambassador to the United States.

"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".

Using all the skills in filibustering and diversion that he learned in years as an Alabama senator, the Attorney General appeared to escape the hearing without major political damage.

"You raised your right hand here today and you said you would solemnly swear to tell the truth, the whole truth, and noting but the truth". On that day, Donald Trump delivered a foreign policy speech at the swanky D.C. hotel and there were allegations that afterward Sessions met with Kislyak in a meeting that the attorney general failed to report. In addition to his testimony, the fate of special counsel Robert Mueller is also in the air.

Franken, a member of the committee, said Sessions misled senators during his January confirmation hearing when he said he had never met or communicated with Russian officials during the campaign.

"I hope you can see your way clear to letting this go, to letting Flynn go", Comey recalled Trump saying in the meeting.

There's no need to mince the words, Jeff Sessions' testimony before the Senate Intelligence Committee yesterday was no testimony at all.

"I do not", Mr Sessions replied.

Sessions responded: "I am not stonewalling".

"Beyond that, what I said earlier, I don't have anything more to add", Sanders said, when a reporter asked if Trump has confidence in Mueller.

Detractors of the president argue the February 14 meeting, if it happened the way Comey testified, amounts to an obstruction of justice in the FBI's Russian Federation investigation and would be grounds to begin impeachment proceedings.

In a February meeting, Comey said, Trump told Sessions and other administration officials to leave the room before asking him to drop a probe into former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn's contacts with Russian Federation. Sessions on Tuesday defended his involvement in Comey's firing despite recusing himself from the Russian Federation probe. Namely, they were upset with his very public handling of the Hillary Clinton email probe, which Sessions said was a "usurpation" of Justice Department authority. Sessions argued that in the context of that hearing, "my answer was a fair and correct response to the charge as I understood it".

Democratic Sens. Cory Booker of New Jersey andRon Wyden of OR gave cable news interviews in which they called for Sessions to be fired OR have him tender his resignation.

"No, I don't believe I ever did", Sessions said.

JOHNSON: Jeff Sessions says that was just one investigation among thousands the FBI is conducting. "At all times throughout the course of the campaign, the confirmation process, and since becoming attorney general, I have dedicated myself to the highest standards". Then he went back and used it against him to fire Comey. "The suggestion that I participated with any collusion, that I was aware of any collusion with the Russian government to hurt this country.is an appalling and detestable lie".

At a separate hearing Tuesday, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein declared he'd seen no basis for dismissing Mueller, the former Federal Bureau of Investigation director he appointed as special counsel after Sessions' recusal.

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