Trump Defends Jeff Sessions as Republicans Turn on the White House

The other encounter was in July at a Heritage Foundation event that was attended by about 50 ambassadors, during the Republican National Convention, the report said.

The offer came after all nine Democratic senators on the Senate Judiciary Committee in a letter asked the committee chairman to bring Sessions back for a follow-up hearing to explain his past testimony and recent decision to recuse himself from any investigation involving the Trump campaign.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions is facing calls to step down after telling the Senate Judiciary Committee in his confirmation hearing that he had no communications with Russian officials during the presidential campaign, despite the fact that he met at least twice with Russia's US ambassador previous year.

I was taken aback a little bit about this brand new information, this allegation that surrogates and I have been, I had been called a surrogate for Donald Trump, had been meeting continuously with Russian officials.

"After lying under oath to Congress about his own communications with the Russians, the Attorney General must resign", House minority leader Nancy Pelosi said in a statement.

Bowing to bipartisan pressure on Thursday, Sessions recused himself from any federal investigation of Russia's intervention in the 2016 presidential election, though some Democrats maintain he should also resign. "To be honest, our two conversations hold great significance for me, and I can't help but be upset to learn that Jeff felt otherwise", said the tearful Russian diplomat, adding that he simply could not believe that Sessions could so nonchalantly dismiss the many hours they spent discussing the intimate details of their lives, including their innermost hopes and fears for their respective countries.

They also called for an independent prosecutor to investigate contacts between the Trump campaign and Moscow that United States intelligence says interfered in the election to hurt Mr Trump's Democratic rival, Ms Hillary Clinton.

On Capitol Hill, a chorus of Democratic lawmakers called for Sessions to step down, while demands grew for a special prosecutor to investigate allegations that Russian Federation interfered in the 2016 election on behalf of Donald Trump.

In an interview with the Times of London, Trump said that Kushner, Ivanka Trump's husband, would take on the task of negotiating peace between Israelis and Palestinians - an appointment Trump had previously floated due to the fact that Kushner "knows the region, knows the people, knows the players", Trump described in a previous interview. She said the same thing in her press release.

During the hearings, when asked what he would do if he learned a member of Trump's campaign had communicated with the Russian government over the course of the 2016 campaign, Sessions responded: "I'm not aware of any of those activities".

The House intelligence panel inquiry will scrutinise contacts between Donald Trump's presidential campaign and Moscow, members confirmed.

Mr Trump stood by Mr Sessions as the political storm erupted.

Kislyak's interactions with Trump's former national security adviser Mike Flynn led to Flynn being fired last month.

Democrat Elijah Cummings of the House of Representative's Oversight Committee echoed that call in a statement.

The president's defense of Sessions came as a schism was emerging within the Republican Party over the issue.

"It's clearer than ever now that the attorney general can not, in good faith, oversee an investigation at the Department of Justice and the FBI of the Trump-Russia connection, and he must recuse himself immediately", Franken said.

  • Salvatore Jensen