Cornyn focuses on Comey, Clinton emails in Sessions' Senate hearing on Russian Federation

Cornyn focuses on Comey, Clinton emails in Sessions' Senate hearing on Russian Federation”

When asked about his conversations with President Donald Trump about plans to fire former FBI Director James Comey or other matters, Sessions said he could not talk about them because of a Justice Department policy that protected private conversations between its officials and the president. "At all times throughout the course of the campaign, the confirmation process, and since becoming Attorney General, I have dedicated myself to the highest standards", he said.

The dramatic congressional standoff with the nation's top law enforcement official came on the heels of last week's testimony of former FBI Director James Comey before the same committee.

U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions said Tuesday he did nothing improper in meeting twice last year with Russia's ambassador to Washington, and that any suggestion he colluded with Moscow officials in last year's presidential election campaign is an "appalling and detestable lie". "If I can just finish". I asked him specifically that if these reports were true, what would he do as attorney general?

Throughout the questioning, Sessions defended himself and refused to discuss any details of conversations he has had with President Trump.

"I can tell you that for absolute certainty".

He also alleged to have never conversed with Comey about his job performance prior to his firing. Sessions's recusal came the day after The Washington Post reported the first two meetings, but Sessions said he was already talking with lawyers about whether his Trump campaign work would force him to hand over the Russian Federation investigation to his deputy.

Rosenstein said he would agree to dismiss Mueller only if there were a legitimate basis to do so, and an order from the president would not necessarily qualify.

Comey stated before the Senate Intelligence Committee that "no reasonable prosecutor" would have pursued a case against Clinton in such a situation, according to Dallas News.

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.

Comey said during his own appearance before the Senate Intelligence Committee last week that he thought Trump violated the normal separation of criminal investigations from White House oversight by urging him to end the investigation into Russia's activities.

"Rubio, probably so", Sessions replied.

"He told me repeatedly that he had talked to lots of people about me, including our current attorney general, and had learned that I was doing a great job and that I was extremely well-liked by the Federal Bureau of Investigation workforce", Comey told the committee.

SHAPIRO: Beyond his explanation for that particular remark, were there things you learned from today's hearing that you think could be important to the investigation?

"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", Sessions added. He did not say he was using executive privilege, but rather adhering to longstanding tradition of Justice Department leaders not revealing private conversations with the president.

When asked if he thought Sessions' testimony shed light on the Russian Federation investigation, Schumer said, "No I think he raised more questions then he settled".

Heinrich told Sessions he was "obstructing" the congressional Russian Federation investigation by not answering questions, saying his silence "speaks volumes". "That responsibility lies with the attorney general of the United States", said Leahy, D-Vermont.

Trump could decide whether to invoke his executive privilege, and on which conversations he had, and Sessions could then be asked to testify again.

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