The Senate Judiciary Committee will investigate the circumstances of President Donald Trump's firing of FBI director James Comey as it probes attempts to influence the agency's investigations over the course of two administrations.
CNN has been trying to get the Federal Bureau of Investigation to turn over copies of former director James Comey's memos that he prepared after conversations with President Donald Trump.
Mark Corallo, a spokesman for Trump's legal team, denounced the Post report, saying on Wednesday: "The FBI leak of information regarding the president is outrageous, inexcusable and illegal". They're also looking at the accounts that any other government officials, especially senior intelligence officials, can provide about their own conversations with Trump or possibly Comey on these issues.
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.
"I'm going to acknowledge we had a meeting with the special counsel Mueller, but I'm not going to get into the contests", Mr Warner said.
Comey's firing is a "central moment that's being looked at" in the investigation, Post reporter Devlin Barrett told NPR's Ari Shapiro on All Things Considered, "but it's not the only thing".
It is not clear whether the White House could use executive privilege to try to block them from speaking to the investigators.
"I appointed him; I stand by that decision, " he said. It said he was acting on the recommendations of Sessions and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein.
However, critics have suggested the real reason Comey was sacked was to impede the FBI's investigation of connections between the Trump campaign and Russian Federation.
Several Democrat Senators continued to push for answers regarding those conversations, accusing Sessions of stonewalling the investigation.
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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 added. Unless authorized, no employee shall participate in a criminal investigation or prosecution if he had a personal or political relationship with any person involved in the conduct of an investigation that goes on to say for political campaign and it says if you have a close identification with an elected official or candidate arising from service as a principal adviser, you should not participate in an investigation of that campaign.
He also said Comey should have shared his concerns about the Trump conversation with another Justice Department official, Dana Boente, who was then acting deputy attorney general, and would have been Comey's direct supervisor.
Perhaps most importantly, though, it allowed Sessions to build on a theme that Republicans have been airing since last week's Comey hearing: the idea that if Trump, Sessions, and the rest of the administration weren't covering up explicit collusion with Russian Federation, everything they've done since the election - from the omissions on security clearance forms to the misdirection about why Comey was sacked - is vindicated.
The new allegations against Trump center on his own admission that he fired Mr Comey because of the Russian Federation investigation, and suggestions he asked several top intelligence officials for their help altering the direction of the inquiry.
Trump was, as we've been told by Comey and by leakers inside the White House, enraged by Democratic efforts to delegitimize his victory with their talk of Russian collusion.
A spokesman for the DNI declined to comment to CNN.
The Post report cited anonymous sources who were briefed on requests made by investigators.
Former FBI Director details meetings with Trump.
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