US Attorney General Sessions calls notion he colluded with Russian Federation 'detestable lie'

US 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.

But: When Comey brought it up the next day, Sessions said he agreed it wasn't a good idea to be alone with the president. His spokeswoman has denied that any such private encounter occurred.

SESSIONS: I did, Sen.

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

Harris also served as Attorney General of California.

"Senators will allow the chairs to control the hearing", Burr said. It would have been unthinkable for Comey to say the questioning made him nervous, or to become agitated and tetchy as Sessions did under cross-examination by the Democratic senator Ron Wyden, of Oregon.

White House press secretary Sean Spicer arrives for the daily briefing at the White House in Washington, Monday, June 12, 2017. "And we'll go from there", Spicer told reporters.

Sessions is expected to be asked about his role in the firing of FBI Director James Comey, given that President Trump told NBC Nightly News anchor Lester Holt that Comey's ouster was related to the Russian Federation investigation, something Sessions has recused himself from.

Less than one week has passed since former FBI Director James Comey gave public testimony before the U.S. Senate Intelligence Committee.

As for his role in Comey's firing, Sessions told senators that he and his second-in-command, Rosenstein, had a "clear view. that we had problems there, and it was my best judgment that a fresh start at the Federal Bureau of Investigation was the appropriate thing to do".

SESSIONS: You mean such issues as nuclear issues?

SESSIONS: We may have discussed that.

Sessions refused to say whether he had ever discussed the Russian Federation investigation with Trump, arguing that he could not disclose private communications with the president. In fact, according to Sessions, he had recused himself two weeks earlier. Joe Manchin, D-W.V., a member of the Senate Intelligence Committee, told NBC News last week.

Sessions has recused himself from that investigation, even though he took a personal hand in Comey's firing, which Trump said was directly related to the Russian Federation investigation.

But he flatly denounced as "an appalling and detestable lie" the idea he colluded with Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential campaign but refused to answer a series of questions during a high-stakes Senate hearing.

Why? Because he personally recused himself from all things related to the Trump campaign's ties to Russian Federation the day after he was sworn into office.

Sessions shot back, "You don't walk into any hearing or committee meeting and reveal confidential communications with the president of the United States, who is entitled to receive confidential communications ... and be accused of stonewalling for not answering". First off, King wanted to understand why Sessions wasn't answering questions that weren't classified.

"AG Sessions should be subpoenaed to Judiciary Committee to answer questions he's dodging today, publicly and under oath", Blumenthal said in a tweet.

Sessions replied, "I don't recall any such conversation".

In his testimony on Tuesday, Sessions addressed media reports that he may have had a third previously undisclosed meeting with Kislyak at Washington's Mayflower Hotel a year ago. But that changed Tuesday, with a variety of Republicans coming to Sessions' (and the White House's) aide. Sessions' aides have insisted he did not speak to Kislyak. There is no appropriateness bucket. Sens. Al Franken of Minnesota and Patrick Leahy of Vermont have sought an FBI investigation.

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