President Trump pleased with Sessions testimony

Democrats on the Senate Intelligence Committee had plenty of questions for Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Tuesday, but few were answered.

WASHINGTON (AP) - Attorney General Jeff Sessions, a close adviser to President Donald Trump during his battle for the presidency, heatedly defended himself before his former Senate colleagues as he denied having an undisclosed meeting with Russia's ambassador to the United States and rejected any misconduct in the ouster of FBI Director James Comey.

At an earlier 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 had come before the committee following reports that he had fallen out of favor with Trump, and that he had offered the president his resignation.

Part of that is that Sessions, obviously, was not in the room in Comey's one-on-one meetings with the president, where Comey said Trump directed him to back off the FBI's investigation into fired national security adviser Michael Flynn.

In the hearing, Sessions said although President Donald Trump has not invoked executive privilege in connection with his testimony, he would not reveal information about their private conversations without allowing Trump to determine if he wanted it revealed.

He said he had no recollection of any conversations with Kislyak at a Washington hotel where both attended a Trump foreign policy speech. John McCain, R-Ariz., asked Sessions to give details about his September meeting with the Russian ambassador in his Senate office. "There are none, Senator Wyden, there are none", Sessions insisted, his voice rising. Comey's firing was recommended by last month-raising questions about whether he violated his recusal from the investigation into Trump campaign ties to Russian Federation.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions heatedly denied Tuesday having an undisclosed meeting with Russia's ambassador to the United States and conversations with any Russian officials about the US election that sent Donald Trump to the White House.

He also alleged to have never conversed with Comey about his job performance prior to his firing.

But Sessions says Comey should have relayed his concerns to Dana Boente, who was then acting as deputy attorney general and Comey's direct supervisor.

Sessions assertion that it is was the longstanding policy of the Justice department not to discuss their conversations with the president, before Congress, is not supported by historical fact.

"I didn't meet with them - and now the next thing you know I'm accused of being at some reception plotting some sort of influence campaign for the American election".

Yesterday, Attorney General Jeff Sessions appeared before the Senate Intelligence Committee to clean up after former FBI Director James Comey vengefully detonated some innuendo bombs during his own appearance before the committee the previous week. But time and again, Sessions returned to lines such as "I am not able to discuss with you or confirm or deny the nature of private conversations that I may have had with the president on this subject or others". Sessions previously offered to resign because of tensions with Trump over his recusal decision. White House frustrations with the Justice Department spilled into public view last week, when Trump on Twitter criticized the legal strategy in defending his proposed travel ban. "I'm not going to follow any orders unless I believe they are lawful", and that "it wouldn't matter what anybody said".

  • Leroy Wright