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Jeff Sessions mum on Comey, denies Russian Federation link

14 June 2017

In the gaggle on Air Force One on Tuesday, White House deputy press secretary Sarah Sanders said the President wasn't able to watch "much of it", but from "what he did see and what he heard, he thought that attorney general Sessions did a very good job and in particular was very strong on the point that there was no collusion between Russian Federation and the Trump campaign".

Sessions was adamant he never had a third meeting with the Ambassador Sergey Kislyak. Comey's decision to announce past year that Clinton would not be prosecuted over her emails was a "usurpation" of the Justice Department's authority, Sessions said. McCain's interruption was immediately followed by committee chairman and Sen. "I'm not sure what was in his mind specifically".

Sessions: You might have been very critical of me if I, as an active part of the campaign, was seeking intelligence relating to something that might be relevant to the campaign. And it's conceivable that that occurred. "Cotton", he said. "It's just like 'Through the Looking Glass.' I mean, what is this?"

Sessions heads to Capitol Hill in a perilous position with his boss, with United States media reporting Trump has grown displeased with his attorney general, notably for his recusal on the Russian Federation probe.

But in the rat-a-tat-tat of follow-up questions, Sessions slowly pried that door open again, by increasingly hedging his answers.

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The hearing will bring contentious questioning for Sessions and likely some uncomfortable moments for the Trump administration. "You're moving so fast that you don't keep notes", he said.

Well Jihye... The hearing was mostly focused on the Russian probe and the Attorney General spent most of the time defending himself from accusations he colluded with Moscow.

Senators will challenge Sessions on issues raised by Comey's testimony, about his own behavior, new questions about his meetings with Russian officials and possibly his apparently tense relationship with Trump.

"My sense was the attorney general knew he shouldn't be leaving, which is why he was lingering", Comey said last week.

Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) asked about Russian President Vladimir Putin's covert operation to subvert the 2016 election: "Prior to [the president being inaugurated]-in the campaign up until through the transition-was there ever any meetings that [Trump] showed any concern or consideration or just inquisitive of what the Russians were doing and if they really had done it?"

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Comey said there were matters with respect to the recusal that were problematic and he couldn't talk about them". He said at his January confirmation hearing that he had not met with Russians during the campaign.

At other times, Sessions explained that he was merely out of the loop. A Trump confidant, Chris Ruddy, told "PBS NewsHour" on Monday the president was weighing whether to fire the special counsel, former FBI Director Robert Mueller. "I'm not going to discuss any hypotheticals or what might be a factual situation in the future that I'm not aware of today, because I know nothing about the investigation", he firmly told Warner.

He said the intelligence agency needed a "fresh start" as it had "problems", adding that Mr Comey had caused "controversy on both sides of the aisle".

SESSIONS: I don't recall whether that was discussed or not.

The committee can hold Sessions in contempt when he doesn't answer questions - but that could elongate the testimony and could potentially take months. Al Franken, D-Minn., asked Sessions whether he had been in contact with Russian officials during the campaign. "But you're saying you referred him to the normal way these meetings are supposed to be conducted".

SESSIONS: I have no information that he did. Sessions argued that in the context of that hearing, "my answer was a fair and correct response to the charge as I understood it". It's all the more troubling when the president's actions - and tweets - remind us daily of the need for independent law enforcement leaders whose loyalty is to the rule of law.

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