Mueller's office questioned Sessions in Russian Federation investigation

Mueller's office questioned Sessions in Russian Federation investigation”

This represented the first time the special counsel had interviewed a member of Trump's cabinet.

US Attorney General Jeff Sessions was questioned last week by investigators over alleged Trump campaign collusion with Russian Federation.

A Justice Department spokeswoman confirmed to The Times that Sessions sat down with members of the special counsel's office last week for several hours with Washington lawyer Chuck Cooper by his side.

At the time, the White House released a memo from Mr Sessions' deputy, Rod Rosenstein, faulting Mr Comey for his handling of the Hillary Clinton email investigation and appearing to lay the groundwork for his dismissal. About 83 percent of the Justice Department's 115,000 employees would continue to report to work if the government shuts down, according to the department's contingency plan.

In March, Sessions recused himself from anything to do with investigations involving the 2016 election, a move that meant he had no power to influence Mueller's probe. But Sessions is one of a number of senior Trump campaign advisors whose contacts with Russians has drawn attention.

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As attorney general, Mr. Sessions was deeply involved in the firing of the former F.B.I. director, James B. Comey.

Sessions is entangled in Mueller's investigation in multiple ways.

Also, during the campaign, Sessions was present during meetings involving former Trump campaign adviser George Papadopoulos, who recently pleaded guilty of lying to the Federal Bureau of Investigation about Russian Federation contacts and is now cooperating with Mueller.

But Mueller's probe has continued to haunt the Trump administration. Mueller is expected to forgo the grand jury appearance for now and will have his investigators interview Bannon in the coming weeks.

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