Senators Accuse Sessions Of 'Stonewalling' On Russia Inquiry

Candice Alexander
June 14, 2017

"The suggestion that I participated in any collusion ... to hurt this country, which I have served with honor for 35 years, or to undermine the integrity of our democratic process is an appalling and detestable lie", Sessions said.

In March, Sessions stepped aside from the federal investigation into contacts between Russian Federation and the presidential campaign after acknowledging that he had met twice previous year with Kislyak.

Warner cited reports that a friend of Trump's suggested that he was considering removing Mueller from the investigation. It was not reassuring to repeatedly hear "I don't recall" responses about what happened during the campaign and his contact with Russian officials.

King and other committee members challenged Sessions' justification for not answering specific questions, suggesting that either the president has asserted executive privilege or he hasn't.

Richard Burr, the chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, subsequently turned the floor over to the attorney general, who went on to say that he had consulted with senior Justice Department staff prior to his testimony about what he called a "longstanding policy" regarding communications with the president.

Sessions was adamant that he did not have a private meeting with Kislyak at that event. There are none! I can tell you that for absolute certainty.

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Harris tried to shorten Sessions' lengthy and seemingly unclear answers to her questions, which resulted in him bristling and issuing strong words.

"If I don't qualify, it you'll accuse me of lying so I need to be correct as best as I can".

Roy Blunt, a Republican on the committee, asked Sessions about his interactions with former FBI Director James Comey following a meeting between Comey and President Trump.

Comey claimed after feeling pressured in a conversation with US President Donald Trump to back off an investigation into the former national security adviser, he "implored" Sessions to make sure he was never left alone with the president but said Sessions didn't respond. While Democrats complained about a lack of answers, Republicans countered that the Sessions hearing showed a lack of evidence that tied the Trump Campaign to anything nefarious involving Russian Federation.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Democratic Sen. But he angrily denounced such claims as "secret innuendo", a likely reference to media accounts of a closed-door briefing lawmakers had last week with Comey that suggested the Federal Bureau of Investigation had been looking into whether another meeting had taken place. "Further, I have no knowledge of any such conversations by anyone connected to the Trump campaign", he added.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions hasn't sought any information on Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election, he said.

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