Senator Kamala Harris Was Interrupted by Her Male Colleagues - Again

Nick Mcbride
June 14, 2017

Sessions' testimony will begin at 1:30 p.m.

Comey had testified in an earlier public hearing before the Senate Intelligence Committee that he did not apprise Sessions of the details of his February 14 meeting with Trump - during which he asked if the FBI would consider dropping the investigation into former national security adviser Michael Flynn, according to Comey - because he was sure Sessions was going to recuse himself from the probe imminently.

Martin Heinrich, D-N.M., asked whether Trump had expressed any frustration with Sessions about his decision to recuse himself from the Russian Federation investigation.

On another hot-button issue, Sen.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions faced questioning from his former Senate colleagues Tuesday afternoon as he testified before the same committee that last week hosted James Comey, the fired Federal Bureau of Investigation director. But the same official argued claiming privilege on a hearing without knowing the scope would not comply with "how the process works".

At a separate hearing Tuesday, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, overseeing that effort since Sessions stepped aside, said he's seen no basis for firing Mueller, the former Federal Bureau of Investigation director he appointed as special counsel.

Sessions headed into the hearing with a big problem: He never reported a meeting on April 27, 2016, with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kisylak at a Trump foreign policy speech at the Mayflower Hotel.

When asked by Sen.

Pressure mounted at the start of the week following reports that Sessions offered his resignation to Trump because the President blamed Sessions for exacerbating his Russian Federation problems by recusing himself from the probe. The FBI is part of the Justice Department that Sessions heads.

Trump has been coy as to whether tapes exist of that conversation, saying during a press conference on Friday that "I'll tell you about it in a very short period of time". "That would be the answer to that", Sessions responded. There is also a congressional investigation, and you are obstructing that congressional delegation - investigation by not answering these questions, and I think your silence, like the silence of [CIA] Director [Dan] Coats, like the silence of [NSA Director] Admiral [Mike] Rogers, speaks volumes.

So the person picked to be attorney general-one of the chief national security officials in the United States government-had not bothered to educate himself about the Russian operation. In response to a King question about whether Sessions had sought information on the Russian Federation secret operation to undermine the election, Sessions remarked, "I know nothing but what I've read in the paper". Ron Wyden. "I'm following historic policies of Department of Justice".

Rosenstein said that if the president ordered him to fire the special counsel handling the Russian Federation investigation, he would only comply if the request was "lawful and appropriate". "That's where we started six months ago", Cotton said. "You are impeding this investigation".

"I do not", Mr Sessions replied.

First, Sessions contradicted Comey's testimony regarding their interactions related to private meetings with President Donald Trump.

He said Sessions had a right to either answer, ask for a private hearing, or invoke executive privilege.

Sessions said on Tuesday he did not recuse himself because he felt he was a subject of the investigation himself but rather because he felt he was required to by Justice Department rules.

He defended his answer during his confirmation hearing to a question posed by Sen.

After a wasting time with a series of non-answers and refusal to answer, Harris then asked Sessions to point to a policy that explicitly explained why he couldn't respond.

An apparent fracture on the committee even emerged when, after Chairman Richard Burr said they were intensely focused on Russian interference in the election, Sen.

"There's no doubt that conversations that involve national security in a real sense are potentially protected by an executive privilege", Diane Marie Amann, a law professor at University of Georgia, told CNN Monday. "That's much more of a gray area".

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