Jeff Sessions Testifies He Never Discussed Election With Russians

Attorney General Jeff Sessions reads from a statute about his recusal while testifying on Capitol Hill in Washington Tuesday

U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Tuesday strongly denied the accusation that he colluded with Russian Federation during last year's Donald Trump campaign, calling it an "appalling and detestable lie".

Attorney General Jeff Sessions told the Senate Intelligence Committee Tuesday that he has not received any briefing - classified or otherwise - about Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.

In March, Sessions stepped aside from the federal investigation into contacts between Russian Federation and the presidential campaign after acknowledging that he had met twice a year ago with Kislyak.

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. "If any brief interaction occurred in passing with the Russian ambassador, I do not remember it", Sessions said. "She was interrupted for asking tough questions", Harris' fellow committee member, Senator Ron Wyden tweeted. Wyden said that answer didn't "Pass the smell test".

But when pressed to cite a specific policy, Sessions couldn't name one.

"At all times throughout the course of the campaign, the confirmation process, and since becoming Attorney General, I have dedicated myself to the highest standards", he said. Sessions recused himself from the Russian Federation investigation in March after the revelations of the two Kislyak meetings.

"He told me repeatedly that he had talked to lots of people about me, including our current attorney general, and had learned that I was doing a great job and that I was extremely well-liked by the Federal Bureau of Investigation workforce", Comey told the committee. Martin Heinrich, who took issue with Sessions declining to answer questions.

"It would be premature for me to deny the president a full and intelligent choice about executive privilege".

"I can not answer that because it was a communication by the president, or if any such occurred it would be a communication that he has not waived", Sessions said.

Following his testimony, CNN reported that Sessions has simply not discussed with the White House whether Trump had chose to invoke executive privilege regarding their conversations.

In a testimony before the Senate Intelligence Committee last week, Comey raised red flags when he said that prior to Sessions' recusal, the FBI was aware of information that would have made his continued involvement in the Russian Federation investigation "problematic". Sessions says he was there for a speech by then-candidate Donald Trump and members of Sessions' staff also were there.

Mr Trump is said to have watched the hearing on Air Force One en route to Wisconsin, where he was promoting jobs growth and fundraising for the re-election of Governor Scott Walker.

The official fired back at lawmakers over claims that he colluded with Russian officials during the 2016 election, calling it an "appalling and detestable lie".

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, the person who would be responsible for carrying out any such dismissal, told a different congressional panel on Tuesday he would not fire Mueller without good cause and he had seen no such cause.



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