The list of things Mr. Sessions wouldn't discuss on the theory that the president might someday invoke executive privilege about them was long, including whether President Donald Trump told him in advance that he was firing then-FBI director James Comey over his handling of the "Russia thing", whether the president had expressed anger over Mr. Sessions ostensible recusal from Russian Federation investigation-related matters, whether he was surprised when the president threw his and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein's explanations of the Comey firing under the bus and even whether an actual written policy exists for him to recuse himself in situations like the one he confronted Tuesday. Without telling the attorney general that Trump had suggested the Federal Bureau of Investigation drop its probe of former national security adviser Michael Flynn, Comey told Sessions, "It can't happen that you get kicked out of the room and the president talks to me".
"The FBI leak of information regarding the President is outrageous, inexcusable and illegal", Corallo told CNN. So it didn't sound as if Trump was trying to stop the Russian Federation investigation at that point. "I do not remember it", Sessions said, adding that if there was a conversation with the Russian ambassador, it was "certainly nothing improper".
On Trump's plane ride home after a trip to Wisconsin, Sarah Huckabee Sanders told reporters he "has no intention" of firing Mueller, even though she maintained that "the president has the right to". "It is my view that fully investigating the facts, circumstances, and rationale for Mr. Comey's removal will provide us the opportunity to do that on a cooperative, bipartisan basis". Both Comey and Sessions agree that Comey had been left alone with the President, and that he expressed his concerns about it to the Attorney General.
Following the hearing, 37 percent of registered voters said Comey's firing was appropriate, compared with 33 percent who said the same in late May. But Sessions said he had no recollection of that.
Barely a month after Mr Trump dismissed Mr Comey, there are rumours that he may seek to sack Mr Robert Mueller, the special counsel appointed following the FBI chief's ouster to head the agency's Russian Federation investigation. Mueller's spokesman, Peter Carr, declined to comment.
Le profil des gardés à vue — Affaire Grégory
A l'époque des faits, un parent du nom de Bernard Laroche a été mis en examen pour meurtre avant d'être finalement libéré. L'affaire du "petit Grégory" fait partie des grandes enquêtes criminelles non résolues du XXème siècle.
Ahead of the hearing there had been suggestions that Sessions might have had a third, unreported, encounter with Kislyak in April 2016, at Washington's Mayflower Hotel, where candidate Trump was giving his first major foreign policy speech.
The meeting comes a day after lawmakers questioned Justice Department officials about the probe and Mr Mueller's independence, and after a friend of Mr Trump said the White House was considering firing Mr Mueller. I can tell you that for absolute certainty.
Mueller III to investigate Trump's own conduct marks a major turning point in the almost year-old FBI investigation, which until recently focused on Russian meddling during the presidential campaign and on whether there was any coordination between the Trump campaign and the Kremlin.
However, with his testimony before the Senate, Sessions may have earned his way back into Trump's good graces.
After Comey's testimony in which he acknowledged telling Trump that he was not under investigation, Trump tweeted that he felt "total and complete vindication".
He was also asked to shed more light into the testimony of former FBI-Director Jim Comey, and what was the level of his involvement in Comey's dismissal by President Donald Trump. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) went so far as to say that Sessions was stonewalling.
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