President says Sessions did 'very good job,' comments on Mueller rumors

"There are none. I can tell you that for absolute certainty". They demanded that she allow him time to answer the question.

Those calls have escalated since fired FBI Director James Comey cryptically told lawmakers on Thursday that the bureau had expected Sessions to recuse himself weeks before he did from an investigation into contacts between Trump campaign associates and Russian Federation during the 2016 presidential election.

Sessions said he was unable to share what Trump said-but also said that he was not invoking executive privilege.

Russian Federation has denied any such interference, and Trump has denied any collusion by his campaign with Moscow.

"I am not stonewalling", Sessions told Sen. "This is a secret innuendo being leaked out there about me, and I don't appreciate it".

It it appeared as though Sessions had consulted with a legal team - at the Department of Justice or the White House Counsel's Office - and burning that much time at the hearing without revealing any private conversations with the president had to be viewed as a victory. Aram.... Sessions faced some tough questions from Senators... what did he have to say?

Sessions refused to answer some questions saying his conversations with the president were privileged, drawing fire from some Democratic Senators. "I don't think there's any American who would disagree with the fact that we need to drill down into this, know what happened, get it out in front of the American people, do what we can to stop it again", he said. - Sen. Ron Wyden to Sessions.

USA intelligence agencies concluded in a report released in January that Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered an effort to interfere in the election to help Trump in part by hacking and releasing damaging emails about Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton.

Maddow pressed Schumer for ways the Senate could force Sessions to answer certain questions, and Schumer cited contempt of Congress but concluded that it would take too long and be dragged out in the courts.

"I have never met with or had any conversation with any Russians or any foreign officials concerning any type of interference with any campaign or election in the United States. Further, I have no knowledge of any such conversations by anyone connected with the Trump campaign".

SESSIONS: Senator, I'm protecting the president's constitutional right by not giving it away before he has a chance to review it.

Sessions also said he has not received any briefing - classified or otherwise - on the FBI's investigation into Russian election meddling, including during the time between his February 9 swearing in and March 2 recusal from the FBI's Russia probe.

SESSIONS: I believe they are.

Comey testified that he didn't mention details to Sessions because he expected the attorney general would soon recuse himself from the investigation that includes a probe of Flynn. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., whether Sessions "lingered" because he knew he wasn't supposed to leave Comey alone with Trump, Sessions ducked: "What I did recall is I did depart", Sessions said, "and Director Comey was sitting in front of the president's desk and they were talking".

Sen. Martin Heinrich, New Mexico's junior U.S. Senator, said Sessions' refusal to answer questions amounted to "impeding" and "obstructing" congressional investigations.

Franken had previously asked Sessions in his confirmation hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee about contacts between members of President Trump's campaign and Russian Federation.

"Why did you sign the letter recommending the firing of Director Comey when it violated your recusal?" Days after that, Sessions also corrected his confirmation hearing testimony to inform the committee about the two meetings with Kislyak.

During Sessions' two-and-a-half-hour standoff with many on the committee, particularly Democrats, he was repeatedly accused of "stonewalling" when asked about his conversations with the president.

Though the Justice Department maintains that it has fully disclosed the extent of Sessions' foreign contacts past year, lawmakers have continued to press him for answers about an April 2016 event at the Mayflower Hotel in Washington, where both Sessions and Kislyak attended a foreign policy speech by Trump.

Sessions was a Trump campaign surrogate during last year's race.

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