Sessions brands Russian Federation collusion claims a 'detestable lie'

Sessions brands Russian Federation collusion claims a 'detestable lie'

As Sessions chuckled at the commotion, Chairman Richard BurrRichard BurrKamala Harris questioning cut off for second week in a row Schumer to GOP: Defend Mueller Live coverage: Sessions testifies before Senate Intelligence Committee MORE (R-N.C.) said he would run his own committee but instructed Harris to allow Sessions to answer.

The Justice Department has responded, citing the need to follow "appropriate policies regarding contacts with the White House".

Sessions recused himself on March 2 after reports emerged that he had twice met with the Russian ambassador to the US, Sergey Kislyak, during the election, contradicting his statements under oath in his Senate confirmation hearing that he did not have contacts with Russians during the campaign. "I attended a reception with my staff that included at least two dozen people and President Trump".

"There's no doubt that conversations that involve national security in a real sense are potentially protected by an executive privilege", Diane Marie Amann, a law professor at University of Georgia, told CNN Monday.

"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.

"I do not" Sessions said when asked whether he knows whether the president records his conversations.

(CNN) - Civility crumbled Tuesday in the Senate intelligence committee when Sen. "I felt I was required to under the rules of the Department of Justice".

Jeff Sessions has heatedly denied that he had any undisclosed meeting with the Russian ambassador or conversations with Russian officials about the USA elections. Risch was essentially aiding Sessions' case, highlighting a lack of publicly viewable evidence to support allegations of collusion between the Trump campaign and Russian Federation.

Sessions also refused to answer whether any Justice Department officials had discussed possible presidential pardons of individuals being looked at in the Russian Federation investigations. Comey suggested this indicated the attorney general's awareness that it was improper for Trump and Comey to meet alone together, given the specter of the Department of Justice's investigation into Russia's election meddling and possible ties with the Trump campaign.

The comments came a day after a close friend of President Donald Trump was quoted in a television interview as saying the president was considering dismissing Mueller. "If there were not good cause, it wouldn't matter to me what anybody says".

Lawmakers also asked Rosenstein whether it was appropriate for Sessions to be involved in the firing of Comey given Sessions's recusal from the Clinton email investigation, which he offered because of his role on the Trump campaign. Rosenstein wrote a memo to Sessions on Comey, which was then used by the administration to justify firing the director for his handling of the Clinton case.

Sessions said he recommended Comey's firing after a number of concerns about his job performance. "There are none, Sen Wyden, there are none", Mr Sessions insisted, his voice rising.

"You knew that you would be asked these questions when you relied on that policy", Harris interjected.

"You're impeding this investigation", Sen. Democratic Sens. Patrick Leahy of Vermont and Al Franken of Minnesota had asked the Federal Bureau of Investigation early past year to review the possible third meeting with Kislyak. Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii.

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