Reactions to Jeff Sessions' Testimony on Trump and Russia

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Comey testified that after what he called a "disturbing" private talk with Trump, he went to Sessions.

In a major story, The New York Times claimed that Trump was angered by reports that Mueller was close to fired FBI Director James Comey and entertained the idea of firing the special counsel.

He also says that he is not aware whether there is a White House taping system that may have recorded Trump's one-on-one conversations with Comey, and that he has received no briefings as Attorney General on the allegations that Russian intelligence used cyberattacks to try and interfere in the 2016 elections.

"It's an honor to be able to serve you", Sessions said. Trump abruptly fired Comey, ousting the nation's top law enforcement official in the midst of an investigation into whether Trump's campaign had ties to Russia's election meddling. Sessions argued that in the context of the hearing, "my answer was a fair and correct response to the charge as I understood it".

She said Mr Trump was not able to watch much of Mr Sessions' testimony, but he thought Mr Sessions "did a very good job" and was especially "strong" on denying any collusion between Mr Trump's campaign and Russian Federation.

Wyden noted that Comey had said it was "problematic" for Sessions to oversee the Russian Federation probe, for reasons he did not explain in a public setting.

The obstruction of justice investigation into Mr Trump began days after Mr Comey was sacked on May 9, according to people familiar with the matter, the Washington Post said.

But in his testimony, Sessions confirmed under oath that a man he regarded as an experienced and unflappable prosecutor was unnerved by his private meeting with the president.

Democratic Sen. Ron Wyden of OR asked Sessions about suggestions arising from Comey's testimony last week that there was something "problematic" about his recusal.

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Wyden asked Sessions what problematic issues existed.

"I think he's incorrect", Sessions told Senator Roy Blunt about Comey's recollection. There are none, Sen.

The statement was made to NBC after the Washington Post reported Wednesday evening that Robert Mueller, the special counsel hired by the Justice Department, had widened the scope of the investigation to include the president. "I'm confident of that".

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, June 13, 2017, before a Senate Appropriations subcommittee hearing on the Justice Department's fiscal 2018 budget.

Coats and Rogers refused to comply with the president's requests, officials said. Sessions' testimony, he said, is all the more notable because he is "someone on the side of the president". Comey told Congress last week that he believed he was sacked "because of the Russian Federation investigation". "I'm not sure what was in his mind specifically". He showed flashes of anger rarely seen from the 70-year-old Alabamian, calling any suggestion that he colluded with Russian Federation to interfere in the USA presidential election a "detestable lie". Roughly the same share of independents thought both the Clinton and Trump brouhahas were worse than Watergate, although 28 percent said it didn't know or had no opinion in the case of the Russian Federation probe, compared with 17 percent who weren't sure about the email server.

Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME) followed up. "Rubio, probably so", Sessions added, when Rubio asked whether any such tapes would have to be preserved.

Quoting officials, the Post said one event of interest to Mueller, a widely-respected former head of the Federal Bureau of Investigation is an exchange on March 22, when Coats told associates Trump had asked him to intervene with Comey to get him to back off from focusing on Flynn.

But Sessions disputed that was why he lingered, suggesting there was really nothing to it.

Most importantly, Sessions said he interpreted Comey's request not to be left alone with the president "as concern he might be asked something improper".

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