7 takeaways from Jeff Sessions' testimony before the Senate

Candice Alexander
June 14, 2017

While members of the Senate Intelligence Committee have portrayed their work as a non-partisan search for truth about Russian campaign interference, questions to Sessions on Tuesday afternoon generally had a party-line flavor.

He also said the idea he colluded with the Kremlin was "an appalling and detestable lie", vowing to defend his honor against what he called scurrilous and false allegations.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions testifies during the Senate Select Intelligence Committee hearing on Tuesday.

He testified that he recused himself from the Russian Federation investigation only because of a Department of Justice regulation that required it because of his involvement in the Trump campaign. He described Comey's decision to unilaterally announce the results of the Federal Bureau of Investigation probe last summer as a "usurpation" of Justice Department power. Aram.... Sessions faced some tough questions from Senators... what did he have to say?

In his testimony last week, Comey said he and Trump had a one-on-one meeting in the Oval Office on February 14 about the investigation into the former national security adviser, Michael Flynn. "I think if I had had a meeting with Ambassador Kislyak, or three for that matter, I would go the extra mile to make sure that every time I connected with him I was transparent about that with the US Congress".

In his testimony last week, Mr Comey accused the White House of lying about him and the FBI and repeatedly said he believed he was sacked because of the agency's investigation into Trump-Russia ties. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., asked Sessions whether Trump records his conversations in the White House.

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Sessions is the most senior member of Trump's administration caught up in the controversy over whether associates of the president colluded with Russian Federation to help Trump win the election.

Sessions was adamant he never had a third meeting with the Ambassador Sergey Kislyak.

Sessions told the committee he is protecting Trump's right to later on assert executive privilege "if he chooses".

"I've watched that video so many times", said Flores.

"This is a secret innuendo out being leaked out there about me, and I don't appreciate it", Sessions said.

Heinrich forcefully accused Sessions of obstructing the investigation into collusion with Russian Federation, continuing a pattern already documented within the Trump administration. Mr Trump has suggested there might be tapes of his encounters with Mr Comey. "I am asking when you knew that you'd be asked these questions and would be relying on that policy, did you not ask your staff to show you the policy that would be the basis for you refusing to answer the majority of the questions that have been asked of you?"

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