Attorney General Jeff Sessions said he never spoke with Russian officials concerning "any type of interference" with the 2016 presidential campaign and called any suggestion he colluded with Russia during the election an "appalling and detestable lie".
Then, Sessions paused a second, before dialing up his response. Rosenstein responded: "No I have not".
Comey's testimony will form a dramatic sequel to Comey's own appearance before the committee last week, and he will have to tackle several open loops that emerged during that appearance, which twisted the knife in an administration that has struggled to extricate itself from the Russian Federation cloud. "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.
Newsmax CEO and Trump friend Chris Ruddy rung the alarms Monday, saying that Trump was seriously considering firing Robert Mueller, who is leading the federal Russian Federation probe.
He says he is confident that Mueller will have "the full independence he needs" to investigate thoroughly.
Sen. Joe Manchin pressed Sessions on whether he knew of any direct contact between Russian officials and Trump's advisers. A friend of Trump's said Monday that the President was considering taking just such a step. Comey was sacked by Trump on May 9.
"Let's find out under oath what it was", Leahy said.
Said Ryan: "I know Bob Mueller". He added: "the false attacks, the innuendo, and the leaks, you can be sure, will not intimidate me".
"He believes it is important for the American people to hear the truth directly from him and looks forward to answering the committee's questions tomorrow".
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An FBI affidavit says victor confessed to copying and mailing the classified report when agents searched her home last Saturday. Victor grew up in Kingsville, Texas, and enlisted in the Air Force after graduating from high school.
Sessions is the most senior member of President Donald Trump's administration caught up in the controversy over whether associates of the president colluded with Russian Federation to help Trump win the election.Even before Sessions testified, attention in Washington swiveled to whether Trump might seek to fire Robert Mueller, the former FBI director named last month by the Justice Department to head a federal probe into the Russian Federation issue.Such a move would be complicated and potentially politically explosive. "I have confidence in Bob Mueller".
White House spokesman Sean Spicer on Monday said Ruddy had not spoken to Trump about the issue and that only the president or his attorneys were authorized to speak about it.
Wyden then attempted to shift away after the outburst, but Sessions pulled him back in for a sharp counter-punch.
Rep. Adam Schiff, a California Democrat, says such a move would "be the last straw" for many in Congress and would have "echoes of Watergate", when President Richard Nixon dismissed special prosecutor Archibald Cox over Cox's subpoenas for White House tapes. Flynn was sacked by Trump on February 13. And I do believe it would destroy any shred of trust in the president's judgment that remains over here."Is it fair to put that to rest?" she asked."As far as I'm concerned, yes", Rosenstein replied".
Sessions may be under a further cloud after Comey suggested the attorney general may have failed to take appropriate steps to protect the Federal Bureau of Investigation chief from political pressure from Trump's White House.
He was also "confused" by the "shifting explanations" for his sacking, which came as he led an investigation into any links between the Trump campaign and Moscow.
The public testimony Tuesday before the Senate Intelligence committee should yield Sessions' most extensive comments to date on questions that have dogged his entire tenure as attorney general and that led him three months ago to step aside from the Russian Federation probe.
He said he did not recall a third meeting with Russian ambassador to the US Sergey Kislyak in the Mayflower hotel in Washington, despite reports that the Federal Bureau of Investigation had been investigating whether such a contact took place.
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