Published: Wed, June 14, 2017
Entertaiment | By Lawrence Myers

5 key takeaways from Attorney General Sessions' testimony

5 key takeaways from Attorney General Sessions' testimony

Attorney General Jeff Sessions rebuked Democratic senators Tuesday by repeatedly crushing their questions surrounding the firing of Federal Bureau of Investigation director James Comey and ultimately stated that the Russian collusion allegation is an "appalling and detestable lie".

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.

As for Comey's firing, Sessions told senators that his recommendation had nothing to do with the Russian Federation probe, that he and his second-in-command, Rosenstein, had a "clear view ... that we had problems there, and it was my best judgment that a fresh start at the Federal Bureau of Investigation was the appropriate thing to do".

He angered Democrats on the panel by refusing to answer questions about conversations with President Donald Trump.

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He told members of the committee that the deputy attorney general has appointed a special counsel to investigate the matters related to the Russian interference in the 2016 election. Comey can't simultaneously be highly competent and a bungling, bumbling fool depending on what image suits Sessions' needs at the moment. "Wyden, there are none", Sessions insisted, his voice rising. You had no criticism of him.

The CBS late-night host took another cartoon shot at Sessions for claiming he was confused as to who was actually testifying in the Russian Federation investigation, so he showed a picture of the AG to clear things up.

"I am protecting the right of the President to assert it if he chooses; and there may be other privileges that could apply in this circumstance", Sessions stated to Maine Senator Angus King, when asked if the President invoked executive privilege to prevent his testimony. "That's the same face Sessions would make after saying, 'Well, Mr. LeBron James, I do believe I can beat you one-on-one and I am willing to bet my life savings'".

Then there was the fact, revealed in Sessions' testimony yesterday, that he had never met with Comey to discuss what he took to be his poor performance. Sens. Al Franken of Minnesota and Patrick Leahy of Vermont have sought an FBI investigation. You never thought it was appropriate to raise those concerns before he was actually terminated by the President? "Rubio, probably so", Sessions replied.

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Asked about Trump's own contention that the president fired Comey with the Russian Federation probe in mind, and regardless of any recommendation from anyone else, Sessions said: "I guess I'll just have to let his words speak for themselves".

"We learned about all the things he can't recall and there were many", Kimmel said on Jimmy Kimmel Live, before joking Sessions had a "tell" that showed when he was not telling the truth: growing ears, similar to how Pinocchio's nose grows when he lies.

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