Jeff Sessions testifies before Senate

Nick Mcbride
June 14, 2017

"It's unacceptable that Sessions - the top law enforcement official in the country - can not name his legal basis for evading questions", Harris, a former Attorney General of California, said on Twitter.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions heatedly denied Tuesday having an undisclosed meeting with Russia's ambassador to the United States and conversations with any Russian officials about the USA election that sent Donald Trump to the White House.

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

Testifying at a Senate hearing, Mr Sessions said it was a "detestable and appalling lie" to suggest that he participated in or was aware of any collusion between Russian Federation and the Trump campaign.

His impassioned response came after Senate Democrats raised questions about whether Sessions privately met with Kislyak.

"I did not have any private meetings nor do I recall any conversations with any Russian officials at the Mayflower Hotel", Sessions said. Sessions's recusal came the day after The Post reported the first two meetings, but Sessions said he was already talking with lawyers about whether his Trump campaign work would force him to hand over the Russian Federation investigation to his deputy.

Oregon U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden accused Attorney General Jeff Sessions of stonewalling Tuesday during a hearing before the Senate Intelligence Committee on Capitol Hill.

Democratic Sen. Martin Heinrich of New Mexico nailed him on that argument.

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The questions - and how they were asked - largely fit the increasingly partisan contours of an investigation that has hovered over the Trump presidency.

He says Comey's decision to announce the results of the investigation without Justice Department approval was "a stunning development" because "the FBI is the investigative team". But: When Comey brought it up the next day, Sessions said he agreed it wasn't a good idea to be alone with the president. Similarly, he did not answer whether Trump had expressed concern to Sessions about the attorney general's March decision to recuse himself from the Russian Federation investigation. At all times throughout the course of the campaign, the confirmation process and since becoming attorney general I have dedicated myself to the highest standards.

But Sessions said that despite his sense of problems at the Federal Bureau of Investigation, he never raised that with Comey.

"It's just like through the looking glass", the attorney general said after thanking Cotton. "Can Sessions point to the policy, in writing, that allows him to not answer a whole host of our questions today".

Less than a week after two Republicans attempted to silence Sen. This week, he asked her to simply let him answer.

Sessions was repeatedly brought to task for evading questions on key parts of the Senate investigation.

Harris cut in, saying, "Did you ask that it would be shown to you?"

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