Sessions denies 'scurrilous' Russian Federation claims

"Further, I have no knowledge of any such conversations by anyone connected with the Trump campaign", Sessions said.

Sessions defended his decision to participate in the firing of former FBI Director Comey, even though he had recused himself from the Russian matter and Trump later said that the probe was in his mind when he pushed the FBI chief overboard. He denied that he met regularly in any capacity with Russian officials, and corroborated Comey's claims that the Federal Bureau of Investigation director felt uneasy in Trump's presence.

Jeff Sessions has heatedly denied that he had any undisclosed meeting with the Russian ambassador or conversations with Russian officials about the USA elections. If I wanted to ask questions about that investigation, I'd ask those of [deputy Attorney General] Rod Rosenstein.

Sessions' determination to mount a vigorous rebuttal after Comey's testimony before the committee last week raised questions about the administration's conduct was clear from the moment he began his opening statement. Americans don't want to hear that answers to relevant questions are privileged or off limits, " said Wyden.

Sessions criticized Comey's handling of the Hillary Clinton email investigation, which the White House had initially cited as the ostensible reason for his firing.

Harris: Did you have any communications with Russian officials for any reason during the campaign that have not been disclosed in public or to this committee?

Russian Federation has denied repeatedly that it interfered in the US election, and Trump has denied any collusion by his campaign with Moscow.

Senator Kamala Harris once again found herself interrupted by her male colleagues during Attorney General Jeff Sessions' Congressional testimony Tuesday. He also asked why Sessions recused himself from oversight of the FBI's Russian Federation probe and wanted to know what role in played in Comey's dismissal.

Sessions stated in his latest testimony that he had met with Kislyak in June and October 2016 but had misunderstood Franken's question during the confirmation hearing.

"I did not attend any meetings at that event. if any brief interaction occurred in passing with the Russian ambassador during that reception, I do not remember it", he added.

Maybe Democrats haven't brought up the question, "because Jim Comey said last week, as he said to Donald Trump, that three times he assured him that he is not under investigation". He said as a longtime law enforcement officer, Sessions just thought Comey could take care of himself and handle this situation on his own. There are none. I can tell you that for absolute certainty.

Testifying last week before the same committee, Comey recalled that Trump had asked him to "let go" of a probe into onetime national security advisor Michael Flynn - exposing the president to accusations of obstruction of justice, a potentially impeachable offense.

Sessions confirmed Comey's account, but he placed less emphasis on the Trump-Comey meeting.

Rubio appeared to confirm another detail of the February meeting through his questioning - that Comey approached Sessions the day after the meeting to say that he should no longer be alone with the president. "But that in itself is not problematic". He says he has confidence in the Mueller probe. "I affirmed his concern that we should be following the proper guidelines of the Department of Justice, and basically backed him up in his concerns".

Adam Schiff, the top Democrat on the House of Representatives' Intelligence Committee, which is conducting a parallel Russian Federation probe, said on Twitter that Congress "must compel responses using whatever process necessary". And he can expect questions about his involvement in Comey's May 9 firing, the circumstances surrounding his decision to recuse himself from the FBI's investigation, and whether any of his actions - such as interviewing candidates for the FBI director position or meeting with Trump about Comey - violated his recusal pledge. Maybe most prominent is the Democrats' insistence that those testifying share conversations they've had with President Trump.

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