Sessions testified Tuesday that he recused himself from the current Russian Federation investigation only because of a regulation that required it because of his involvement in the Trump campaign. Sessions responded by saying that it didn't violate his recusal.
The former Federal Bureau of Investigation director discussed a host of issues surrounding Russia's meddling in the 2016 presidential election, though his remarks also raised questions that may be directed at Sessions.
Democratic senators have seized on the possibility of a third meeting to suggest that Sessions has not been forthcoming about the extent of his communications with the ambassador.
Sessions bristled at Wyden, telling the OR senator that people are suggesting through innuendo that he has not been honest.
Senator Angus King, an independent, questioned Sessions's legal basis for refusing to answer.
Sessions raised his voice to the Democratic senator pressing him for an answer, insisting there were no such reasons.
"I've never received any detailed briefing on how hacking occurred or how information was alleged to have influenced the campaign", Sessions said.
"Further, I have no knowledge of any such conversations by anyone connected to the Trump campaign", he said. "Whether I ever attended a reception where the Russian Ambassador was also present is entirely beside the point of this investigation into Russian interference with the 2016 campaigns", he said.More news: NBD, just a snake hiding out inside a gas pump
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Chairman Burr begins his questioning of AG Sessions.
He insisted he never knew anything about the Russian Federation probe or had any role in it. "Colleagues, that is false", Sessions said to his until-recently fellow senators, smiling as he corrected himself. Harris asked of Sessions' assertion that he wouldn't discuss private conversations with the president.
The attorney general was unable to cite a specific written policy, although he did say he thinks there is written policy on the topic.
Comey testified last week that the president asked him to drop an investigation into his former national security advisor, Michael Flynn.
As Mr Trump tried to shoo everyone out to talk alone with Mr Comey, Mr Sessions lingered, in Comey's account. Angus King, I-Maine, Sessions declined to say whether he believes Russian Federation attempted interfere in last year's election. The DOJ said the email was sent "specifically informing Mr. Comey and other relevant Department officials of the recusal and its parameters".
Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Tuesday forcefully denied collusion with Russian officials ahead of the 2016 election and contended that he has maintained a safe distance from the probe into Moscow's interference.
Sessions denies meeting privately with Russian ambassador at Washington's Mayflower Hotel on April 27. "Mr. Comey well knew them, I thought, and assumed correctly that he complied with them".
"Many have suggested that my recusal is because I felt I was a subject of the investigation myself, that I may have done something wrong", he said, stressing this was not the case.