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Sessions defiant in Senate panel testimony

15 Juin 2017

Yet, for a public that is eager to get to the bottom of the investigation into the hacking of a critical election, the pace moves too slowly, mainly due to the allegiance of public officials to President Trump instead of the welfare of our democracy.

During a second highly publicized Senate Intelligence Committee hearing in a matter of days on Tuesday, Florida Sen.

Lawmakers, including Al Franken of Minnesota and Patrick Leahy of Vermont, have asked the FBI to investigate and to determine if Sessions committed perjury when he denied having had meetings with Russians. Mr. Trump acknowledged the sacking was motivated in part by the FBI's Russian Federation probe.

Sessions on Saturday said he would appear before the intelligence committee, which has been doing its own investigation into Russian contacts with the Trump campaign.

"You saw him after that, he characterized it as he went up to you and said, 'Never leave me alone with the president again, it's not appropriate, ' " Rubio said, adding that Sessions shrugged when Comey brought it up to Sessions.

Sessions was combative in angrily defending his reputation against "scurrilous and false allegations" that he personally colluded with Russian Federation in the campaign. Sen. I can tell you that for absolute certain.

"I don't recall", Sessions said.

When asked to explain why he wrongly claimed in his confirmation hearing that he never met with Russians, Sessions said he was flustered by the question from Sen. I'm following historic policies of Department of Justice. "You don't walk into any hearing or committee meeting and reveal confidential communications with the President of the United States".

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"It depends on the scope of the questions", White House press secretary Sean Spicer said when asked whether Sessions would invoke executive privilege.

Rosenstein said he would not comply with any Trump order to oust Mueller absent a compelling reason and that no such reason now exists.

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, the person who would be responsible for carrying out any such dismissal, told a different congressional panel he would not fire Mueller without good cause and he had seen no such cause. "Cotton", he said. "It's just like 'Through the Looking Glass.' I mean, what is this?"

Sessions hedged nearly all of his answers about whether/when he met with Russians, or why he was involved in firing Comey, or how he feels about the president's decisions, with: "I don't recall" or "I believe so" or "maybe". "It certainly doesn't seem like a sinister interaction, as far as we can tell". In the letter to Comey, Trump said the firing was necessary to restore "public trust and confidence" in the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

The former Alabama senator defended himself against accusations that he misrepresented himself during his confirmation hearing by saying he hadn't met with Russian officials during the campaign.

Sessions was adamant that he did not have a private meeting with Kislyak at that event. He also said he was unaware of any other undisclosed conversations between members of Mr. Trump's circle and Russian officials.

Sessions said he was in an Oval Office meeting in February with Comey and Trump when the president said he wanted to speak to Comey privately - and he acknowledged that Comey came to talk to him the next day about the meeting.

Sessions insisted that he didn't want to be rushed during his questioning, because he didn't want to be later accused of lying should he not properly qualify his answers.

Sessions defiant in Senate panel testimony