Attorney General Jeff Sessions addresses Russia, Comey in testimony

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Risch also suggested that the Intelligence Committee has wasted large amounts of time looking into a report of collusion between the Trump campaign and Russian Federation that turned out to be false.

He testified that he recused himself from the Russian Federation investigation only because of a Department of Justice regulation that required it because of his involvement in the Trump campaign. Heinrich asked. "Are they written down at the Department of Justice?" "And that's what this committee was charged to do, and that's what this committee's started to do".

Sessions both has been involved in the firing of Comey and recused himself an investigation into alleged Russian interference in the presidential election."If, as the president said, I was sacked because of the Russia investigation, why was the attorney general involved in that chain?" said Comey. Comey told the intelligence committee that, after an encounter with President Trump in which he said Trump pressured him to back off an investigation into the former national security adviser, Comey "implored" Sessions to make sure he was never left alone with the president again - but that Sessions didn't respond.

"I am not stonewalling", Sessions replied, saying he was simply following Justice Department policy not to discuss confidential communications with the president. Dianne Feinstein after she asked him if he and Trump had talked about Trump's decision to fire former Federal Bureau of Investigation director James Comey. "Then he sought out both Republicans and Democrats up here to tell them that this was false, that there was no, that no such facts anywhere corroborated what the New York Times had reported".

But the Senate's Russian Federation investigation has only been running for six months. King, I know nothing but what I've read in the paper. "Are you aware of any such information?"

But Sessions said he did not want to reveal details that the president might want out of the public eye, if he were given more time to consider.

As multiple investigations into Russian involvement in the 2016 elections hang like a cloud over Washington, the current USA political drama often reads like a spy novel.

In just 30 seconds, Sessions gave a master class in evasion, first insisting he was not on the platform committee (which is not what Rubio asked), then claiming no "direct" involvement, then saying he hadn't watched the committee debate (also not what Rubio asked), and finishing with "I don't recall". If he did have a conversation with the ambassador, it was "certainly nothing improper".

"And indeed", Risch said, "if you run into one in a grocery store, you're going to have a conversation?" Kamala Harris about whether the DOJ policy that Sessions was referring to was in writing, Sessions said that he thought it was, but he didn't cite any particular document. But he said essentially that he was flustered by a question from Sen. "Would that be a fair statement?"

"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", Sessions said. "I hope you can let this go". "I just don't remember it".

"You spoke for the campaign?"

Lawmakers, including Al Franken of Minnesota and Patrick Leahy of Vermont, have asked the FBI to investigate and to determine if Sessions committed perjury when he denied having had meetings with Russians. Al Franken, D-Minn., about an alleged "continuing exchange of information during the campaign between Trump's surrogates and intermediaries for the Russian government", and that is why he claimed wrongly that he had not met with Russians.

"I'm not able to be rushed this fast, it makes me nervous", Sessions said.

"What would you have done if you'd have heard that?"

"Mr. Comey said that there were matters in respect of the recusal that were problematic and he couldn't talk about them". A growing body of research (acknowledged by the National Institute on Drug Abuse) has shown that opiate deaths and overdoses actually decrease in states with medical marijuana laws on the books.

Sessions testified that he met with a "senior ethics official" at the Department of Justice the day after he was sworn in as attorney general.