Jeff Sessions grilled by Senate Intelligence Committee

Attorney General Jeff Sessions told a Senate committee Tuesday that any suggestion he colluded with Russian Federation during last year's USA presidential campaign was an "appalling and detestable lie".

Also Wednesday, Senate Judiciary Chairman Charles Grassley said his panel will investigate the removal of former FBI Director James Comey and "any alleged improper partisan interference in law enforcement investigations".

During this week's hearing, Sessions repeatedly explained his repeated non-disclosures by citing what he called a long-standing Department of Justice policy.

Sessions continually said he was just following precedent.

In the wake of Comey's dismissal, the Justice Department named Mueller, a former FBI director, to head a federal probe into the Russian Federation issue.

Wyden asked Sessions about his recusal from the investigation and his role in Comey's dismissal. "I felt I was required to under the rules of the Department of Justice", he said. Sessions said: "It did not violate my recusal". "There are none", said Sessions.

Last week's explosive testimony from Comey raised further questions about the claims that Russian Federation had attempted to interfere in the election, with the ongoing FBI investigation continuing to look into the alleged links.

Cooper agreed with Wyden and began asking how the Senate could force Sessions to cooperate.

"Why don't you tell me?" There are none, Senator Wyden.

Barely a month after Mr Trump dismissed Mr Comey, there are rumours that he may seek to sack Mr Robert Mueller, the special counsel appointed following the FBI chief's ouster to head the agency's Russian Federation investigation.

Mueller, who headed the Federal Bureau of Investigation for 12 years and was Comey's predecessor in the post, has the confidence of both Democratic and Republican lawmakers.

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who appointed Mueller, hinted broadly that the special counsel investigation could be looking at Trump during a House committee hearing on Tuesday.

Rosenstein said he would agree to dismiss Mueller only if there were a legitimate basis to do so, and an order from the president would not necessarily qualify.

Sessions added: "These false attacks, the innuendo, and the leaks, you can be sure, will not intimidate me".

During the hearing, Harris tried to extract a promise from Sessions that he would provide any documentation that would help the committee's investigation, however, Sessions only promised to review the rules of the Justice Department, and respond accordingly, reports the Washington Post. "And when asked I said that to the president". Sessions denied a 2016 meeting with the Russian ambassador at the Mayflower hotel. In an interview with MSNBC, Franken said the meeting is referred to an intercepted conversation "between Kislyak and his people".

He's been hounded by speculation over the possibility of a third meeting, with Democratic senators calling for an investigation.

On another hot-button issue, Sen. The President will then return to the White House.

"I was sacked because of the Russian Federation investigation", Comey said under oath. "There are other things that had happened that to me indicated a lack of discipline", Sessions concluded.

  • Julie Sanders