New Mexico Senator frustrated by Sessions' refusal to answer questions

New Mexico Senator frustrated by Sessions' refusal to answer questions

Jeff Sessions has been accused of "evasiveness" and "obstruction" by Democratic senators, questioning the USA attorney general before a Senate committee.

"My understanding is that you took an oath, you raised your right hand here today", Heinrich said, sounding like an exasperated dad exhausted of yelling at his kids to pick up their Legos.

But his refusal to answer some questions frustrated New Mexico Senator Martin Heinrich.

Heinrich's patience was tested when he asked Sessions a direct question on whether President Trump expressed any displeasure on the attorney general's decision to recuse himself from the Russian Federation probe. Leave your comments below.

During the Senate Intelligence Committee hearing, Sen. That's bucket number one.

Legal experts have told ThinkProgress that Trump's public disclosures regarding Comey's firing put into question whether his conversations with Comey are protected by presidential executive privilege, a legal doctrine that is not constitutionally guaranteed but that historically has protected a president's communications. It is not a legal standard. Sessions balked by trying to exercise an executive privilege that doesn't apply to him.

Sessions refused to commit to testifying in the future in closed session to answer these or other questions.

HEINRICH: You can't have it both ways.

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HEINRICH: Can you share those policies with us? Kamala Harris (D-CA) regarding what Department of Justice policy he was referring to, Sessions could not cite any specific details.

HEINRICH: This is the appropriateness legal standard for not answering congressional inquiries.

"It'd be be inappropriate for me to answer and reveal private conversations with the president when he has not had a full opportunity to review the questions", explained Sessions.

There are also other privileges that could be invoked. If I wanted to ask questions about that investigation, I'd ask those of [deputy Attorney General] Rod Rosenstein.

There are two investigations here.

HEINRICH: I suspect you have. "I think he was Spanky".

SESSIONS: And they believe this is consistent with my duties.

Heinrich said Sessions' silence Tuesday spoke volumes.

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