President Trump 'investigated over possible obstruction of justice'

"Further, I have no knowledge of any such conversations by anyone connected to the Trump campaign".

It would be another six weeks before evidence would emerge that Sessions had in fact had two meetings during the campaign with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak.

Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., asked Sessions about suggestions arising from Comey's testimony last week that there was something "problematic" about his recusal.

The exchange became more heated, with Sessions later telling Wyden: "I am not stonewalling.

I can tell you that for absolute certainty".

He bristled at Wyden and told the OR senator that people are suggesting through innuendo that he has not been honest.

While I greatly appreciate you informing me, on three separate occasions, that I am not under investigation, I nevertheless concur with the judgment of the Department of Justice that you are not able to effectively lead the bureau.

Rosenstein said he is the only Justice Department official who could dismiss Mueller because Sessions has recused himself from oversight.

-He said he felt OK leaving Comey alone with the president in the Oval Office.

Part of that is that Sessions, obviously, was not in the room in Comey's one-on-one meetings with the president, where Comey said Trump directed him to back off the FBI's investigation into fired national security adviser Michael Flynn.

"The Judiciary Committee has an obligation to fully investigate any alleged improper partisan interference in law enforcement investigations", Grassley wrote to his Democratic counterpart, Senator Dianne Feinstein of California.

The probe "could examine the thorny question of whether Mr. Trump improperly interfered in an ongoing investigation" by firing Comey, according to the newspaper. "And when asked, I said that to the president". Sessions called the conversations "confidential" but stopped short of invoking executive privilege, saying the privilege could only be invoked by the president. "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 US presidential election a "detestable lie". 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". Sessions said he was there for a speech by then-candidate Donald Trump, and members of Sessions' staff also were there.

Democrats have seized on the possibility of a third meeting at that event to suggest that Sessions has not been forthcoming about the extent of his communications with the ambassador.

A White House spokeswoman didn't immediately respond to a comment request from the Journal.

On another hot-button issue, Sen. Harris wanted to know if he could point out the policy he was referring to that stopped him from answering the queries of senators.

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