Dem Senator Tells Jeff Sessions That He's 'Impeding' the Investigation

Alvin Kelly
June 14, 2017

US officials have said since December that the Kremlin interfered in the 2016 election so President Donald Trump could win.

Sessions said it was a "detestable and appalling lie" to suggest he participated in or was aware of any collusion between Russian Federation and the Trump campaign. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., to accuse Sessions of stonewalling.

He told King that he never sought details on the Russian Federation investigation because of his close connections to Trump's presidential campaign.

Sessions said he did not mislead Congress because the encounters were part of his job as a US senator, not as a Trump campaign representative.

Sessions repeatedly refused to discuss private conversations with Trump on a wide variety of topics.

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, the person who would be responsible for carrying out any such dismissal, told a different congressional panel on Tuesday he would not fire Mueller without good cause and he had seen no such cause. "But I have to tell you, Sen". That upset some Democratic senators who said he has no reason to avoid giving answers.

Sessions said he did not hold an undisclosed meeting with Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak at a speech by then-candidate Trump at the Mayflower Hotel in Washington a year ago.

He called accusations of collusion "an appalling and detestable lie" and derided the suggestion last week by Comey that there were "problematic" issues that forced Sessions to recuse himself from the Russian Federation probe. But the viral picture of the two in close vicinity at the Mayflower Hotel does not prove that Jeff Sessions and Sergey Kislyak met on that day, or even spoke.

Sessions testified that Department of Justice rules do not prohibit one-on-one communications between the president and the Federal Bureau of Investigation director.

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Sessions both has been involved in the firing of Comey and recused himself an investigation into alleged Russian interference in the presidential election."If, as the president said, I was sacked because of the Russia investigation, why was the attorney general involved in that chain?" said Comey.

During his questioning, Heinrich said to Sessions, "Your silence speaks volumes".

He said he felt okay leaving Comey alone with the president in the Oval Office.

Sessions also denied the notion that concerns about Trump's behavior caused him to linger after a meeting when Trump asked for everyone but Comey to leave the room. After this was revealed, Sessions recused himself from the Russian Federation investigations on March 2. There are none, Senator Wyden.

Additionally, if Comey had been concerned about meeting with the president one-on-one, a concern to which he testified last week, Sessions said Comey should've informed another Justice Department official. Angus King (I-Maine), the senator pressed Sessions on his refusal to answer. He did not, at that time, tell me any details about anything that was said that was improper.

Rumors have recently circulated that the president may seek to sack Robert Mueller, the special counsel appointed to head the high-stakes Russian Federation investigation following Comey's ouster. The FBI Director was ostensibly fired over his handling of the investigation into Hillary Clinton's emails.

Ahead of the hearing there had been suggestions that Sessions might have had a third, unreported, encounter with Kislyak, at the Mayflower Hotel in April 2016, where candidate Trump was giving his first major foreign policy speech.

"They seem to have collective amnesia about meeting with Russian officials during and after the campaign and only remember when they have been caught", Franken said.

Attorney General Jeff Session, right, and Vice President Mike Pence attend a Cabinet meeting with President Donald Trump, Monday, June 12, 2017, in the Cabinet Room of the White House in Washington.

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