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.
The Senate Intelligence Committee hearing is the latest step in multiple ongoing investigations into Russian meddling in last year's USA presidential election and Trump's firing of another FBI chief, James Comey, who was heading the investigation into Russian meddling when Trump dismissed him a month ago. Days after that, Sessions also corrected his confirmation hearing testimony to inform the committee about his two meetings with Kislyak.
"That's just not going to be acceptable", said Senator Ron Wyden, a Democrat on the committee. I've heard people invoke executive privilege before and use, you know, use that as a reason not to share conversations they've had with the president. And today on a trip to Wisconsin, the president was asked many times by reporters shouting questions if he still had confidence in Mueller, and he did not answer. Sessions said: "It did not violate my recusal".
But Republicans often came to Sessions' defense, reiterating that Comey's firing had to do with his handling of the Hillary Clinton email probe, not Russian Federation, and calling attention to illegal information leaks within the government. "They don't decide prosecution".
Sessions told Wyden he "basically recused" himself from the Russian Federation investigation during his first day as attorney general because he "never accessed files, never learned the names of investigators, never met with them, never asked for any documentation".
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 the picture, Sessions could be seen speaking with two men who were standing with their backs to the camera.
Lawmakers also asked Rosenstein whether it was appropriate for Sessions to be involved in the firing of Comey given Sessions's recusal from the Clinton email investigation, which he offered because of his role on the Trump campaign. Comey reported that during this private exchange, the president tried to convince him to drop the FBI's investigation into Flynn, who has since been the target of a grand jury subpoena and has publicly tried to gain immunity in exchange for testimony.
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"Many have suggested that my recusal is because I felt I was a subject of the investigation myself, that I may have done something wrong", Sessions said. Mr. Sessions acknowledged Mr. Trump has not invoked privilege.
He again cited a Justice Department rule. If there were not good cause, it wouldn't matter to me what anybody says.
Rosenstein testified that he is the only one who has the authority to fire Mueller, who was appointed following the May 9 ousting of James Comey as Federal Bureau of Investigation director, and that he had seen no good cause to do so. Maybe that is because Jim Comey said last week, as he said to Donald Trump, that on three times he assured him he was not under investigation.
"Sir, I'm not asking about the principle", Harris said. He said he and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein had long discussed their concerns with Comey's job performance.
The attorney general has acknowledged two meetings previous year with Russia's ambassador to the U.S., Sergey Kislyak. Sessions says he was there for a speech by then-candidate Donald Trump and members of Sessions' staff also were there. "I was your colleague in this body for 20 years, and the suggestion that I participated in any collusion or that I was aware of any collusion with the Russian government to hurt this country, which I have served with honor over 35 years, or to undermine the integrity of our democratic process, is an appalling and detestable lie".
Sessions adds that he has no knowledge of "any such conversations by anyone connected to the Trump campaign".
Attorney General Jeff Session testified on Capitol Hill Tuesday regarding the investigation into Russian election meddling.
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