Sessions: Comey's Oval Office Meeting With Trump 'Not Problematic'

Sessions: Comey's Oval Office Meeting With Trump 'Not Problematic'

Independent U.S. Sen. Angus King grilled Sessions over his refusal to discuss whether President Donald Trump had discussed the FBI investigation into Russian interference in the election prior to his decision last month to fire Comey.

While no one but Sessions can know his exact motivation for dodging the questions, most of the questions he ducked involved whether or not he had discussed the investigations into Russian Federation and former national security adviser Michael Flynn, or their role in the decision to fire James Comey with the president.

"I think it's my responsibility", replied Sessions, adding that his recusal from the Russian Federation probe did not exempt him from his duties in overseeing the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

"I don't like to be rushed this fast, it makes me nervous", Sessions said to Harris. The Justice Department has denied that, saying Sessions stressed to Comey the need to be careful about following appropriate policies. "Although a lot of people at the convention, it's conceivable", Sessions replied.

Addressing allegations that he had unreported meetings with Russian officials while he advised the Trump campaign, Sessions said he had already acknowledged two meetings past year with Ambassador Sergey Kislyak.

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.

Comey testified last week that the president asked him to drop an investigation into his former national security advisor, Michael Flynn.

"I am not stonewalling", Mr. Sessions fired back at one point.

Wyden asked Sessions what problematic issues existed. "This is a secret innuendo being leaked out there about me, and I don't appreciate it".

Sen. Mark Warner, D., Va., asked the attorney general if he had confidence in former FBI Director Robert Mueller's appointment as special counsel to probe whether the Trump campaign colluded with Russian Federation.

"Our judgment, as I recall, was that he was very close to and inevitably going to recuse himself for a variety of reasons", Comey said. Mueller also won votes of support Tuesday from the top two Republicans in Congress, House Speaker Paul Ryan of Wisconsin and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, both of whom said they have confidence in him.

Some have said Sessions recusal should have prohibited him from firing former FBI Director James Comey.

"It would be premature for me to deny the president a full and intelligent choice about executive privilege", he said.

Donald Trump's Attorney General has denied colluding with Russian Federation to influence the US Presidential election.

Rosenstein repeatedly conveyed his support for Mueller's role at a Senate hearing, held the morning after a close friend of President Donald Trump was quoted in a television interview as saying he was considering dismissing Mueller.

"American's don't want to hear that answers to relevant questions are privileged and off-limits, or that they can't be provided in public, or that it would be quote, 'inappropriate, ' for witnesses to tell us what they know", Wyden said in remarks before posing a series of questions to Sessions.

Sessions was adamant that he did not have a private meeting with Kislyak at that event.

Democrats said he had little basis for doing so without the White House claiming executive privilege.

But Mr. Sessions did succeed in tamping down suspicions over his meetings with Mr. Kislyak, Mr. Cramer said, and in particular their possible encounter at the Mayflower.

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