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Kamala Harris Was Interrupted During a Hearing About Trump and Russia, Again

Kamala Harris Was Interrupted During a Hearing About Trump and Russia, Again

Throughout the questioning, Sessions defended himself and refused to discuss any details of conversations he has had with President Trump.

Democrats warned that Congress would turn around and re-appoint Mueller as independent counsel if Trump dismisses him.

During Comey's testimony before the same Senate committee last week, he said he wasn't aware of those concerns. To his boss? To his former Senate colleagues?

The attorney general on March 2 recused himself from the FBI investigation into Russia's role in the election, saying he felt he was required to do so because he had been a prominent figure in Trump's campaign.

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".

Sessions recused himself in March from a federal investigation into contacts between Russia and the Trump presidential campaign after acknowledging that he had met twice past year with the Russian ambassador to the United States.

When asked what those problematic matters could be, Sessions fired back: "There are none!"

Sessions: Well, I think most cabinet people as the witnesses you had before you earlier, those individuals declined to comment.

Sessions' testimony meant he was a no-show in front of the House and Senate appropriations subcommittees. Some say he perjured himself.

The strangest disconnect of the day was among Republicans and Democrats on the intelligence committee who agree that the Russians dangerously interfered with the 2016 election and will do so in future ones, and a White House that has a weird lack of interest in what happened.

Sessions was sworn in February 9 but did not actually step away from the investigation until March 2, the day after The Washington Post reported on his two previously undisclosed Kislyak meetings.

Sen. Christopher Coons, D-Del., asked Rosenstein: Why would the deputy attorney general have written a memo to Sessions that was "exclusively" about a matter from which Sessions was recused? If other interactions had happened, he said, as former F.B.I. director James Comey reportedly testified may have occurred at the Mayflower Hotel previous year, he "did not remember it".

Comey also said he told Sessions that he did not want to be left alone with Trump, because he didn't think it was appropriate for the president and the Federal Bureau of Investigation director to have private meetings.

Sessions recused himself from the Russian Federation investigation on March 2, two weeks after Comey's Oval Office one-on-one with Trump.

While asking Attorney General Jeff Sessions about his refusal to answer questions Tuesday concerning conversations he may have had with President Donald Trump, the California Democrat was interrupted by Sen.

Instead, Comey was ousted for mishandling the Hillary Clinton email scandal, Cornyn argued.

In May, Trump told NBC News that he was contemplating "this Russian Federation thing" ahead of Comey's firing. "When you're recusing yourself, you are stepping aside, and this sure doesn't look like that", he said.

It's unfair to say that the Trump administration is failing to make any progress.

Sessions refused to say whether he and Trump discussed FBI Director James Comey's handling of an investigation into possible collusion between Trump's campaign and Russian Federation during the election campaign before the president fired Comey on May 9. "It is absurd, frankly, to suggest that a recusal from a single specific investigation would render an attorney general unable to manage the leadership of the various Department of Justice law enforcement components that conduct thousands of investigations", he said.

Testifying before a Senate appropriations committee on Tuesday, Rosenstein said that Mueller has his full support and could only be fired "for good cause".

He said: "I recused myself not because of asserting wrongdoing or any belief that I may have been involved in wrongdoing in the campaign". Susan Collins, R-Maine.

The former Alabama senator defended himself against accusations that he misrepresented himself during his confirmation hearing by saying he hadn't met with Russian officials during the campaign.

House Speaker Paul Ryan suggested Tuesday that questions about Mueller were sparked by a "rumor that's not happening" and causing a "debate that is not occurring".

"I can not and will not violate my duty to protect the confidential communications I have with the president", he said.


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