"And when asked I said that to the president".
When asked by Sen.
It was still unclear by the end of the almost three-hour hearing why Sessions met with Kislyak privately if not to address reports that Russian Federation was engaged in a hacking campaign to undermine Democrats and, specifically, the party's presidential nominee, Hillary Clinton.
He bristled at Wyden and told the OR senator that people are suggesting through innuendo that he has not been honest.
"I believe the American people have had it with stonewalling", Wyden said.
"Senator, I'm not going to follow any orders unless I believe those are lawful and appropriate orders", Rosenstein answered. "I am following the historic policies of the Department of Justice!" "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 your best judgment about a host of issues". Instead, Sessions said he declined to discuss their interactions in case Trump wanted to invoke that privilege down the road.
Democratic senators expressed frustration with Sessions on several occasions. "Now you're not answering questions".
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Sixty-five year old Dale Walsh of Belleville said "he was the type of person that if you challenged him, he wouldn't back off". When a neighbor showed up to complain, Hodgkinson menaced him with a shotgun and apparently fired a shot, the lawyer said.
Based on Comey's sworn statements and Trump's own admissions, the president appears to be in legal jeopardy with possible obstruction of justice charges.
JEFF SESSIONS: It appears so.
In a dramatic and packed Senate hearing, Sessions vowed to defend his honor "against scurrilous and false allegations" and declared it a "detestable and appalling lie" to suggest he was aware of or took part in any collusion between Russian Federation and the election campaign that sent Trump to the White House.
It was during that encounter when Trump asked him to drop an investigation into ex-national security adviser Michael Flynn, implicated in illegal dealings with Russian Federation. "Do you like Jason Bourne or James Bond movies?" "Since you discussed his removal, why wouldn't you discuss the reasons?"
SESSIONS: You might have been very critical if I as an active part of the campaign was seeking intelligence relating to something that might be relevant to the campaign. Sessions's clear evasions and misdirections make clear that this is a line of questioning that should be pursued, but Democrats never returned to it. "I may have had an encounter" with Ambassador Kislyak at a District of Columbia hotel in April 2016, Sessions allowed.
The letter said the investigation will also probe Comey's testimony that Loretta Lynch, as President Barack Obama's attorney general, had directed him to describe an FBI probe into Hillary Clinton's email practices as merely a "matter" and to avoid calling it an investigation.
In the wake of Comey's testimony, the president's alt-right, Republican coterie ramped up their attacks on the overall Russian Federation investigation, insisting it be dropped. Al Franken, D-Minn., about an alleged "continuing exchange of information during the campaign between Trump's surrogates and intermediaries for the Russian government", and that is why he claimed wrongly that he had not met with Russians. Of the Oval Office meeting where Sessions was the last person to leave Trump and Comey to a private tête-à-tête, Sessions dismissively said: "It didn't seem a major problem". He was being asked about Comey's testimony. Sessions testified that he "basically recused" himself from the investigation into Russian Federation and the Trump campaign immediately after he was sworn in as attorney general on February 10, and that he "never received any detailed briefing" on Russia's cyberhacking or other influence efforts from that point forward.
"Any suggestion that I participated in, or was aware of, collusion with the Russians is an appalling and detestable lie". "He was preparing for the stop here today", said Sanders. A friend of the president suggested a day earlier that Trump was considering such an ouster.
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