Published: Sun, July 23, 2017
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

Contrary to Statements Sessions Discussed Campaign With Russian Ambassador, Intelligence Intercepts Show

Contrary to Statements Sessions Discussed Campaign With Russian Ambassador, Intelligence Intercepts Show

Trump has reportedly been asking his lawyers about his ability to pardon family members, aides, and himself should investigations turn up anything incriminating.

In one missive, Mr Trump said: "While all agree the US President has the complete power to pardon, why think of that when only crime so far is LEAKS against us".

According to U.S. intelligence interceptions detailed by a Washington Post report, when then-U.S. Senator Jeff Sessions spoke to Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak a year ago during the campaign, the two discussed various campaign-related matters and policy issues important to Moscow. Though presidents have the authority to pardon American citizens for almost any federal crime, a president has never tried to pardon himself.

Separately Friday, the Senate Judiciary Committee said it is in talks with Trump Jr. and Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort about private interviews ahead of a committee hearing.

His resignation comes amid reports regarding the role of Marc Kasowitz, Trump's attorney handing the investigation into the Trump campaign's possible ties to Russian Federation.

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Senator Sheldon Whitehouse, a Democratic member of the Judiciary Committee, said the committee's hearing would enable the panel to begin to get testimony under oath.

Special counsel Robert Mueller sent a document preservation request to the White House, saying the June 2016 meeting that Donald Trump Jr. had at Trump Tower in NY is relevant to his investigation, the source said on Friday.

The tweets were unusual in their breadth and scope, even for Mr Trump, given the wide variety of topics he touched on as Saturday dawned in the US.

There are mixed opinions as to whether the law would allow him to pardon himself.

The president's son, Donald Trump Jr, and Jared Kushner, the president's son-in-law, are both believed to be part of the investigation based on their contacts with Russian Federation during the campaign.

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Mr Trump defended his son, saying he "openly gave his e-mails to the media & authorities whereas Crooked Hillary Clinton deleted (& acid washed) her 33,000 e-mails!"

Clinton was the subject of an Federal Bureau of Investigation probe a year ago into her use of a private email server during her tenure as secretary of state. It appears that Donald Trump has learned from Comey firing debacle, as he is now planting the cause for the firing in the press before he pulls the trigger.

Veselnitskaya has said she is prepared to testify on what transpired at the meeting, to put to rest what she called "mass hysteria" about Russian meddling in the election. Lavrov ironically told NBC news that the questions posed by this United States channel made him feel as if he were in a hearing at the Senate to investigate an alleged treason by Trump.

On Friday, the Washington Post claimed citing two US officials that Sessions and Kislyak allegedly raised several Trump-related matters, including then-Republican candidate's stance on Russia and expectations for the US-Russia relationship after the election.

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