Sessions Wants his Testimony Open to Public
- Author: Leroy Wright Jun 13, 2017,
Jun 13, 2017, 10:15
In his confirmation hearing, Sessions testified that he did not have "communications" with the Russians during the presidential campaign. Some Democrats say that recusal should have also applied to the Comey firing - since President Trump has made clear he fired Comey in part because of the Russian Federation probe.
Democratic lawmakers are skeptical that Sessions will divulge any explosive new details, especially since the attorney general could assert executive privilege regarding any questions about conversations with the president.
Of special interest will be Comey's assertion that he told Sessions after the meeting that he never again wanted to be left alone with the president. As he said last week, "although the law required no reason at all to fire an Federal Bureau of Investigation director, the administration then chose to defame me and, more importantly, the Federal Bureau of Investigation by saying that the organization was in disarray, that it was poorly led, that the workforce had lost confidence in its leader". And he can expect questions about his involvement in Comey's May 9 firing, the circumstances surrounding his decision to recuse himself from the FBI's investigation, and whether any of his actions - such as interviewing candidates for the FBI director position or meeting with Trump about Comey - violated his recusal pledge.
U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions will appear Tuesday at a public hearing before the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence to testify in the investigation into Russian tampering in the 2016 presidential election. Are you aware of any White House tapes that exist? A Justice Department spokeswoman tells NPR that Sessions requested it be public.
The hearing will be held Tuesday at 2:30 p.m.
Sessions met with Kislyak twice in 2016 - once at an event hosted by the Republican National Convention and once at Sessions' Washington, D.C. office.
Late Monday morning, Sen. Did you ask your deputy attorney general to write a memo recommending the firing of Comey?
In his testimony, Comey suggested that Sessions recused himself from the Russian Federation investigation for reasons beyond the explanation Sessions gave at the time - that there were obvious factors, not yet public, that made Comey believe recusal was inevitable.
Sessions, according to media accounts, was closely involved in pushing Trump to fire Comey - and Sessions has also been implicated in the Russia scandal due to meetings he held during the campaign past year with Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak - at a time when Russian intelligence operatives were actively involved in hacking and manipulating the us presidential election to tilt it in favor of Trump and to manage Democrat Hillary Clinton. The allegations are being investigated by special counsel Robert Mueller and several congressional panels, including the Senate Intelligence Committee.Russia has denied interfering in the USA election. "I hope you can let this go". He is a good guy.
Sessions is the first of six high-level officials Comey said were asked to leave the room.
For another option to watch a live stream of the Jeff Sessions testimony for free, visit the online CBS News channel, which will stream the full testimony at this link, and is also available on mobile devices and set-top streaming sizes such as Roku, Apple TV and Amazon Fire TV through the CBSN app. "And - but I did not tell him about the Flynn part". "I kind of got - his body language gave me the sense like, 'What am I going to do?'". As attorney general, Sessions has quickly worked to undo Obama-era policies. He arrived in the job in February eager to launch ambitious efforts to combat violent crime and deport undocumented immigrants.
Comey additionally expressed that FBI leadership believed Sessions would "inevitably" recuse himself and that they "were aware of facts that I can't discuss in an open setting that would make his continued engagement in a Russia-related investigation problematic". Things became so tense, the Times report said, Mr. Sessions at one point offered to resign.