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Sessions Testifies About Russia Meetings In Senate Hearing

Sessions Testifies About Russia Meetings In Senate Hearing”

The former Federal Bureau of Investigation director also testified that the agency had believed Sessions was "inevitably going to recuse" for reasons he could not elaborate on.

WASHINGTON (AP) - Attorney General Jeff Sessions is preparing for sharp questions from his former Senate colleagues about his role in the firing of James Comey, his Russian contacts during the campaign and his decision to recuse from an investigation into possible ties between Moscow and associates of President Donald Trump.

Sam Nunberg, who worked for Trump's presidential campaign, said it "could seem to be a conflict" for Mueller to first interview with the president to be a possible replacement for Comey and then days later to be named as the special counsel heading an investigation that could look into Comey's firing.

From left, Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta, listen as Vice President Mike Pence, right, speaks during a Cabinet meeting with President Donald Trump, Monday, June 12, 2017, in the Cabinet Ro.

"Director Mueller is going to have the full degree of independence that he needs to conduct that investigation appropriately", Rosenstein said.

In his first public appearance as a newly minted member of Trump's personal legal team, Sekulow declined to rule out the possibility of Trump firing Robert Mueller, who was appointed special counsel to investigate links between Russian Federation and the Trump campaign.

His failure to disclose meetings with Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak forced him to later amend his testimony and added fuel to the Russia intrigue swirling around Washington. Sessions and Kislyak met at least twice previous year. Democrats have raised the possibility of a Sessions-Kislyak meeting - which would be the third that he failed to mention during his confirmation hearing - though Justice Department officials say there were no private encounters or side meetings.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions will now turn his attention to his testimony in front of the Senate Intelligence Committee.

"We also were aware of facts that I can't discuss in an open setting that would make his continued engagement in a Russia-related investigation problematic", Comey said of the attorney general.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions will deny meeting the Russian ambassador a third time Tuesday in an open hearing he requested, a source with knowledge of the situation told The Daily Caller. "I have taken no actions regarding any such matters, to the extent they exist".

The ex-FBI chief, James Comey, last week outlined awkward meetings with Trump and said the President made him uncomfortable discussing the investigation into former national security adviser Michael Flynn.

5. Why was Sessions involved in the firing of Comey if he had stepped aside from the Russian Federation probe?

Sessions criticized Comey's handling of the Hillary Clinton email investigation, which the White House had initially cited as the ostensible reason for his firing.

"It is really unclear what he is going to say, and I am a little bit surprised because in the past, he has gotten into trouble when he said things and they turned out not to be entirely true", said Jens Ohlin, a professor of law at Cornell University.

The Newsmax CEO soon acknowledged, "I do not believe he [Trump] will fire him [Mueller]". Officials said that Sessions at one point offered to resign as his relationship with the president became increasingly tense.

"I hope you can see your way clear to letting this go, to letting Flynn go", Comey quoted Trump as saying. And Sessions has sat through enough hearings to know his answers will come back to bite him if there is even an element of untruth. He instead advocated for broad presidential powers to curtail immigration, an issue that drew him to candidate Trump early. Comey said in testimony before the Senate Intelligence Committee last week.

Senators are expected to hone in on Comey's recounting of a February 14 White House meeting where Trump pressed the director to drop the FBI's inquiry into national security adviser Michael Flynn. Don't leave us alone like that. Ruddy countered, "I'm glad you admit that". Mark R. Warner (D-Va.) announced that the hearing would be public.

And he essentially warned Trump that if Mueller were to be fired, Rosenstein wouldn't be the one to do it, saying he saw no "good cause" to consider such a move.

"I don't remember real clearly", Comey answered.

Members of Congress would love it if their witnesses gave the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth - but that is seldom how it actually works.

"My sense was the attorney general knew he shouldn't be leaving, which is why he was lingering", Comey said last week.



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