The Biggest Revelation From Sessions' Testimony Has Nothing To Do With Comey


Deputy Press Secretary Sarah Sanders spoke with reporters not long after the hearing and said the president was able to watch parts of it. Further, I have no knowledge of any such conversations by anyone connected to the Trump campaign.

Those calls have escalated since fired FBI Director Comey cryptically told lawmakers last week that the bureau had expected Sessions to recuse himself weeks before he did from the investigation into contacts between Trump campaign associates and Russian Federation during the 2016 presidential election.

Later, Sessions directly blasted Comey for his testimony in private last week, "This is a secret innuendo out there being leaked about me - and I don't appreciate it". But he refused to discuss the reports "because I know nothing about the investigation".

Comey himself had a riveting appearance before the same Senate panel last week, with some key moments centered on Sessions. Martin Heinrich, D-N.M., asked whether Trump had expressed any frustration with Sessions about his decision to recuse himself from the Russian Federation investigation.

So far, no evidence that Trump or his campaign had cooperated with Russian Federation during the presidential race has surfaced publicly.

"I received only the limited information that the department's career officials determined was necessary to inform my recusal decision", Sessions said.

At the same time, Sessions said the US doesn't have a sufficient strategy to deal with cyberattacks.

Sessions lent his support to the special counsel, Robert Mueller, who is now in charge of the Justice Department's Russian Federation investigation.

The top Trump official explained that the regulation stipulates that Justice Department employees "should not participate in investigations of a campaign if they served as a campaign adviser", as he did during the 2016 election.

Sessions was also asked why he had played a role in the firing of former FBI director James Comey, despite having recused himself from the investigation into Russian collusion. "I am following the historic policies of the Department of Justice. Mr. Comey well knew them, I thought, and assumed correctly that he complied with them".

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Sessions cited executive privilege several times while testifying before the Senate Intelligence Committee on Tuesday, though he acknowledged that President Donald Trump has not in fact invoked it yet.

Trump denied the conversation took place as Comey asserted.

The alleged interference has been reported by USA intelligence agencies since at least last October, before the election had even come to an end.

As did other senators, Harris was questioning Sessions about his legal basis for refusing to answer questions.

"Mr. Comey said that there were matters in respect of the recusal that were problematic and he couldn't talk about them". What did Sessions have to say there?

"I don't recall you as being particularly vocal on such issues", McCain said. What did Jeff Sessions have to say about that? "The letter I signed represented my views that I have formulated for some time".

Attorney General Jeff Session, right, and Vice President Mike Pence attend a Cabinet meeting with President Donald Trump, Monday, June 12, 2017, in the Cabinet Room of the White House in Washington.

Comey did state the Federal Bureau of Investigation hadn't found any vote tampering by Russian Federation, but said unequivocally it tried to influence the election - not a "made-up story" as Trump contends.

Sessions concluded his opening statement by rejecting charges of improper handling of the Russian inquiry.

"I did not recuse myself from defending my honor against scurrilous and false allegations", he said.