Attorney General Jeff Sessions testifies before Senate Intelligence Committee

Attorney General Jeff Sessions testifies before Senate Intelligence Committee

Sessions on Saturday said he would appear before the intelligence committee, which has been doing its own investigation into Russian contacts with the Trump campaign.

When Senator Wyden again asked Sessions about why Comey might find Jeff Sessions remaining involved in the Russian Federation probe problematic, Sessions said that a lot of this is based on information that leaked from a private hearing. But Sessions said he had concerns about Comey's job performance even before he was confirmed, and that he and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein discussed it and "we both agreed that a fresh start at the Federal Bureau of Investigation was probably the best thing".

While Sessions probably won't give us a Comey-style dramatic retelling of events, one would hope that he would come with a pretty solid set of facts - and a very good reason for not sharing those facts, should the situation warrant it.

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

The Attorney General may also be asked if there are tapes of the President's private conversations with Comey as Mr. Trump has suggested but so far has refused to confirm.

Comey reportedly told lawmakers behind closed doors that Russian-to-Russian intercepts suggested that a third meeting between Sessions and Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak might have taken place.

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.

Officials said this was in an effort to show there's nothing to hide and nothing controversial about Sessions' interactions with Russian officials.

Testifying at a Senate hearing, Mr Sessions said it was a "detestable and appalling lie" to suggest that he participated in or was aware of any collusion between Russian Federation and the Trump campaign. The fact that Sessions would delegate that task to his deputy showed the Russian Federation investigation was distracting him from his core duties.

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During a later contentious exchange, Harris grilled Sessions about whether he consulted with Justice Department officials on his legal justification to decline to answer certain questions during the hearing. The FBI is part of the Justice Department that Sessions heads.

Asked if he colluded with the Kremlin during the presidential campaign, Mr Sessions described claims against him as an "appalling and detestable lie". "I may have had an encounter" with Ambassador Kislyak at a District of Columbia hotel in April 2016, Sessions allowed.

"I know nothing but what I've read in the paper", Sessions said.

Another likely line of inquiry will be on any discussions Sessions had with the president before the president made a decision to dismiss Comey.

He disputed that his involvement in Comey's firing violated the recusal.

Sessions won't describe his conversations with President Donald Trump about the firing of FBI Director James Comey.

"I guess I could say I possibly did have a meeting, but I still do not recall it", Sessions said.

Sessions lent his support to the special counsel, Robert Mueller, who is now in charge of the Justice Department's Russian Federation investigation. She thought the Attorney General shouldn't have been involved in the FBI Director's termination. He recalled multiple conversations with President Donald Trump about his performance. "I did not attend any meetings at that event".

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