Attorney General Jeff Sessions heatedly denies improper Russian Federation contacts

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Sessions told the Senate intelligence committee on Tuesday he was not silent, saying he stressed to Comey the need to be careful about following appropriate policies.

In a testimony before the Senate Intelligence Committee last week, Comey raised red flags when he said that prior to Sessions' recusal, the FBI was aware of information that would have made his continued involvement in the Russian Federation investigation "problematic".

"At all times throughout the course of the campaign, the confirmation process, and since becoming Attorney General, I have dedicated myself to the highest standards", he said. "Since it came to light Sessions misled during his testimony in front of the Senate, I have called on him to resign", she tweeted. "You don't walk into any hearing or committee meeting and reveal confidential communications with president of the United States, who is entitled to receive confidential communications in your best judgment about a host of issues".

"I recused myself from any investigation into the campaigns for president, but I did not recuse myself from defending my honor against scurrilous and false accusations", Sessions insisted.

Democratic Sen. Ron Wyden of OR aggressively asked Sessions about suggestions arising from Comey's testimony last week that there was something "problematic" about his recusal.

At a separate hearing Tuesday, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, overseeing that effort since Sessions stepped aside, said he's seen no basis for firing Mueller, the former Federal Bureau of Investigation director he appointed as special counsel. The Oregon Democrat was questioning Sessions about why he could sign the letter recommending the firing of Comey if it violated his recusal.

Some members of the Intelligence Committee, frustrated by the tight-lipped performance of other administration officials at an open hearing last week, said they were not going to allow Sessions to follow suit.

Less than a week after two Republicans attempted to silence Sen.

The attorney general will also face questions about whether he met Kislyak on a third occasion.

Maddow pressed Schumer for ways the Senate could force Sessions to answer certain questions, and Schumer cited contempt of Congress but concluded that it would take too long and be dragged out in the courts.

But: Sessions also said he thought Comey should be fired.

Last week, panel Chairman Richard Burr admonished Harris. She did, but wasn't satisfied as Sessions continued to evade.

The testimony by Sessions marked the latest chapter in a saga that has dogged Trump's first five months as president and distracted from his domestic policy agenda including major healthcare and tax cut initiatives.

Sessions recused himself from the probe into Russian interference in the 2016 election and questions of collusion between Russian officials and the Trump campaign.

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King asked Sessions, "Do you believe the Russians interfered with the 2016 elections?"

Comey responded to the President's mention of the Russian Federation investigation. Similarly, he did not answer whether Trump had expressed concern to Sessions about the attorney general's March decision to recuse himself from the Russian Federation investigation.

Sessions said Tuesday he agreed with the concerns Rosenstein outlined in his memo. But Sessions' lack of any briefing on Russian election meddling raises the question of who is in charge of preventing a state-sponsored cyber attack.

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