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

Sessions says he's "not stonewalling", citing "confidential communications" with Trump

Mr Sessions doggedly refused to answer several questions from the Senate Intelligence Committee, despite their obvious frustration at what one described as "stonewalling" and "impeding the investigation".

Martin Heinrich, D-N.M., asked whether Trump had expressed any frustration with Sessions about his decision to recuse himself from the Russian Federation investigation. But I have to tell you, Senator King, I know nothing but what I've read in the paper. "I don't appreciate it".

I never learned the names of investigators. Kamala Harris was cut off by her Republican colleagues while posing questions at a Senate intelligence committee hearing.

The announcement caps the drama that started over the weekend when Sessions canceled two appearances Tuesday, citing former Comey's blistering testimony last week.

He said he was avoiding saying anything in case the president might later choose to exercise his executive privilege to withhold certain evidence.

Asked about media reports that he had met with Kislyak on a third occasion at a Washington hotel a year ago, Sessions testified that did not remember meeting or having a conversation with the ambassador at the event.

"I'm not talking about the campaign, I'm talking about what the Russians did", King responded. "I do recall being one of the last ones to leave, I don't know how that occurred", he said.

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The former Alabama senator also defended himself against accusations that he misrepresented himself during his confirmation hearing when he said he hadn't met with Russian officials during the campaign. "Further, I have no knowledge of any such conversations by anyone connected to the Trump campaign". That is false. This is how it happened.

"A very simple question that should be asked is did Donald Trump or any of his associates in the campaign collude with Russian Federation in hacking those e-mails and releasing them to the public?" the Arkansas Republican said during Sessions' hearing before the panel. "I wanted to refute that immediately".

"I don't remember any conversations with him at all about that", Comey said. I'm not able to be rushed this fast. Mueller "may be fired only for good cause, and I am required to put that cause in writing". I was not making a report about it to anyone. This was the first time that question had been posed.

He said he did not have a third meeting with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak at the Mayflower Hotel during the campaign as Democrats had speculated. Shelby chairs the Senate appropriations subcommittee.

He then moved quickly to his March 2 recusal from the ongoing investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election, saying he was never briefed on any investigative details and did not access information about the investigation. "I just was basically willing to meet and see what he discussed".

"I received only the limited information that the department's career officials determined was necessary to inform my recusal decision", he said. "I am following the historic policies of the Department of Justice". And in fact, they have not. On June 5, he tweeted that the Justice Department "should have stayed with the original Travel Ban, not the watered down, politically correct version they submitted" to the Supreme Court. To that charge, he replied, "The scope of my recusal, however, does not and can not interfere with my ability to oversee the Department of Justice, including the Federal Bureau of Investigation, which has an $8 billion budget and 35,000 employees".

It is a clear statement of my views.

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Democrat Martin Heinrich accused him of impeding the probe. He was being asked about Comey's testimony.

Sessions maintained that he had not been briefed on the Russian Federation investigation between the time of his February swearing-in and his March 2 recusal. "I think your silence speaks volumes", said Sen. "That would be a violation of the communications rule that I have".

I will finish with this.

Sessions refused to say if he had ever discussed the Russian Federation investigation with Trump, arguing that he would not disclose private communications with the president.

"I recused myself that day", Sessions said of the day after he was confirmed.

This President wants to focus on the people of this country to ensure they are treated fairly and kept safe. "I'm not sure what was in his mind, specifically". I intend to work every day with our fine team and the superb professionals in the Department of Justice to advance the important work we have to do.

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