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Russian Federation collusion claim 'detestable lie': US Attorney General

In March, Mr. Sessions recused himself from overseeing a Federal Bureau of Investigation probe into ties between the Kremlin and Mr. Trump's presidential election campaign, after The Washington Post revealed two of Mr. Sessions's meetings with Mr. Kislyak - one at the Republican National Convention last summer, and another two months later at his Washington office. Days after that, Sessions also corrected his confirmation hearing testimony to inform the committee about the two meetings with Kislyak.

Sessions says he recommended Comey's firing after a number of concerns about his job performance. Mr. Trump acknowledged the sacking was motivated in part by the FBI's Russian Federation probe.

Sessions said he did not know when asked whether Trump records his conversations in the White House.

Sessions became visibly angry when asked about former FBI Director James Comey's testimony last week that aspects of the attorney general's recusal were problematic. Sessions said of that moment: "He was concerned about it, and his recollection of what he said to me about this concern is consistent with my recollection". Martin Heinrich (D-New Mexico) accused Sessions of impeding the Senate's investigations, the Los Angeles Times reported. Sessions fired back. "There are none, Sen".

He went on to say: "Have you ever, ever in any of these fantastical situations heard of a plotline so ridiculous that a sitting United States senator and an ambassador of a foreign government colluded at an open setting with hundreds of other people to pull off the greatest caper in the history of espionage?"

While Democrats complained about a lack of answers, Republicans countered that the Sessions hearing showed a lack of evidence that tied the Trump Campaign to anything nefarious involving Russian Federation. And asked about Trump's own contention that he fired Comey with the Russian Federation probe in mind, and regardless of any recommendation from anyone else, Sessions said: "I guess I'll just have to let his words speak for themselves".

Sessions was the first US senator to publicly support the Trump campaign past year.

On Tuesday Sessions responded "I don't recall" to many questions that were thrown at him, at one point telling Sen. "The Attorney-General invoked executive privilege on behalf of someone else. I'm not sure what was in his mind, specifically". He did not, at that time, tell me any details about anything that was said that was improper.

Comey testified he did not tell Sessions Trump had asked him to drop a probe into National Security Adviser Michael Flynn's contacts with Russian Federation because he suspected Sessions would soon need to recuse himself from the Russian Federation probe. Sessions said. "I am following the historic policies of the Department of Justice".

Sessions confirmed Comey's account, but he placed less emphasis on the Trump-Comey meeting.

Meanwhile, rumors were swirling that Trump is about to fire special counsel Robert Mueller.

Sessions also said he has "no knowledge of any such conversations by anyone connected to the Trump campaign". "And I've tried to give my best and truthful answers to any committee I've appeared before", Sessions responded Tuesday.



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