Attorney General Jeff Sessions testifies before Senate committee


U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions denied any suggestions he had colluded with Russian officials during last year's U.S. presidential campaign, telling senators that any such suggestion was an "appalling and detestable lie".

Sessions, who served in the Senate representing Alabama, will testify before the Senate Intelligence Committee Tuesday at 2:30 p.m. ET.

Shortly after the meeting, Comey said he confronted Sessions, saying that had become increasingly uneasy about being left alone with Trump.

"I did not have any private meetings nor do I recall any conversations with any Russian officials at the Mayflower hotel", he told the panel. Al Franken, current Minnesota Democrat and former "comedian", for his "rambling" question during Mr. Sessions' January confirmation hearings that sparked a feeding frenzy among Democratic dodo birds desperate to find the slenderest reed of a connection between Russian Federation and anyone who has ever supported President Trump.

Secondly, Sessions is likely to be asked why, after recusing himself from oversight of claims of Russian election meddling because he was on Trump's campaign team, he played a key role in the decision to recommend the President fire Comey last month. The matter that Comey declined to disclose appears to refer to an ongoing inquiry over whether Sessions failed to disclose a third meeting with the Russian ambassador during a April 16 campaign event for then-presidential candidate Trump. Unable to shake anything out of the trees, Democrats vented much of their frustration at the Attorney General, saying that Sessions had no basis to refuse to answer questions from Senators.

Democratic Sen. Ron Wyden of OR aggressively asked Sessions about suggestions arising from Comey's testimony last week that there was something "problematic" about his recusal. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., asked Sessions whether Trump records his conversations in the White House.

Wyden said Monday that Sessions hasn't engaged in anything close to a real recusal. Sessions argued that in the context of that hearing, "my answer was a fair and correct response to the charge as I understood it".

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"I believe the American people have had it with stonewalling", Wyden said. "I am confident that he will have sufficient independence", he told a Senate panel evaluating a Justice Department budget request.

"Our committee will want to hear what you are doing to ensure that the Russians - or any other foreign adversaries - can not attack our democratic process like this ever again". However, since then, he has acknowledged meeting with Russia's ambassador to the U.S., Sergey Kislyak, in 2016.

But instead of addressing Carlson's point, Osefo went on to explain why she believes Sessions should have never been appointed and confirmed attorney general to begin with, citing his personal views on the NAACP and ALCU. But his former Democratic colleagues pressed him repeatedly on his contacts with Russian Federation and his role in the dismissal of Comey - who led the FBI's probe on Russian Federation until he was ousted. He met with Kislyak twice while he was a US senator. "I have confidence in Mr. Mueller", he said. His testimony follows that of others, including former FBI Director James Comey last Thursday.

"I talked to him and said, "You have to be between me and the president, and that's incredibly important", and I forget my exact words", Comey testified. Ron Wyden aggressively questioned Attorney General Jeff Sessions on just what former FBI Director James Comey thought was "problematic" about Sessions that would ultimately lead to his recusal in the federal Russian Federation probe. Sessions added that, "to suggest that a recusal from a single specific investigation" would render him unable to manage the leadership of the FBI would be "absurd".

Senators questioned Sessions on his encounters with Russian ambassadors, why Comey was sacked and if Russia colluded with Trump's campaign. "But that in itself is not problematic". I am not convinced that all two hours last night was classified and that the American people should not be told.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions says fired FBI Director James Comey should have shared his concerns about a meeting with President Donald Trump with another Justice Department official.

Sessions said to Sen.