Photo Shows Jeff Sessions With Russian Ambassador
- Author: Leroy Wright Jun 15, 2017,
Jun 15, 2017, 22:04
News of Mueller looking into potential obstruction comes after former FBI Director James Comey testified last week. Sessions repeatedly stated Tuesday that his recommendation that Trump fire Comey did not conflict with his recusal from the Justice Department's Russian Federation investigation.
Sessions, a senior member of Trump's Cabinet and an adviser to his election campaign previous year, had a series of tense exchanges with Democrats on the Senate Intelligence Committee during about 2-1/2 hours of testimony as they pressed him to recount discussions with the Republican president.
Wyden asked Sessions about his recusal from the investigation and his role in Comey's dismissal.
Sessions told Wyden he "basically recused" himself from the Russian Federation investigation during his first day as attorney general because he "never accessed files, never learned the names of investigators, never met with them, never asked for any documentation".
Sen. Mark Warner, D., Va., asked the attorney general if he had confidence in former FBI Director Robert Mueller's appointment as special counsel to probe whether the Trump campaign colluded with Russian Federation.
The meeting comes a day after politicians questioned Justice Department officials about the probe and Mr Mueller's independence, and after a friend of Mr Trump said the White House was considering firing Mr Mueller.
Legal experts said there was some merit to Sessions' argument.
Sessions said "it appears" Russians attempted to interfere in the election, based on what the intelligence community believes.
McCain: At those meetings, if you spoke with Kislyak in your capacity as a member of the Armed Services Committee, you presumably talked with him about Russia-related security issues that you have demonstrated as important to you as a member of that committee.
Trump was forced to fire Flynn in February after he misled the White House about his contacts with Russian officials a year ago as a member of Trump's transition team. Last week, the ranking Democrat on the House intelligence committee, Rep. Adam Schiff of California, said the committee would ask Johnson to testify about interactions former President Barack Obama's administration had with secretaries of state and local election officials about the dangers the Russian hacking posed to election systems.
BARRETT: Well, it's longstanding Justice Department policy that a sitting president can not be indicted by a grand jury.
If - you might remember after Comey's testimony, the President said that he felt vindicated by Comey's statements.
"I know I was sacked because of something about the way I was conducting the Russian Federation investigation was in some way putting pressure on him, in some way irritating him, and he chose to fire me because of that", he said.
Since then, lawmakers have raised questions about a possible third meeting at a Washington hotel, though the Justice Department has said that did not happen. He said he and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein had long discussed their concerns with Comey's job performance.