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AG Jeff Sessions says Russian Federation collusion rumors 'appalling and detestable lie'

15 June 2017

Investigations are now under way into Russian meddling in the 2016 election.

"I have never met with or had any conversation with any Russians or any foreign officials concerning any type of interference with any campaign or election", stated Sessions, according to Los Angeles Times. "Further, I have no knowledge of any such conversations by anyone connected to the Trump campaign".

Mueller is investigating alleged Russian interference in the 2016 US presidential election and possible collusion with the Trump campaign. An aide familiar with the meeting said it was held to discuss the investigations, including ways that the parallel inquiries don't interfere with or overlap one another.

Sessions, a close Trump adviser during the battle for the presidency, said in his opening statement that it was a "detestable and appalling lie" to suggest he was aware of or participated in any collusion between Russian Federation and the Trump campaign. Comey discussed a host of issues surrounding Russia's meddling in the 2016 presidential election, though his remarks also raised questions that were directed at Sessions on Tuesday.

As Sessions sought to stonewall without stonewalling, Harris pressed on.

"That's just not going to be acceptable", said Senator Ron Wyden, a Democrat on the committee. Comey testified in a Senate hearing last week that he believed he was sacked "because of the Russian Federation investigation".

"I've watched that video so many times", said Flores.

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Reports surfaced earlier this week that Trump was considering firing Mueller, though the White House quickly rebutted the reports and said a special counsel can only be removed by the Justice Department.

"Our committee will want to hear what you are doing to ensure that the Russians - or any other foreign adversaries - can not attack our democratic process like this ever again". Comey said Sessions said nothing, and that his body language indicated that there was nothing he could do about it. Russian Federation has denied interfering in the USA election. I am on the side of the dais, so a very simple question that should be asked is, did Donald Trump or any of his associates in the campaign collude with Russian Federation in hacking those e-mails and releasing them to the public?

More voters have shown faith in former FBI Director James Comey's word than that of President Donald Trump, a Politico/Morning Consult poll released Wednesday found.

The attorney general has acknowledged two meetings previous year with Russia's ambassador to the U.S., Sergey Kislyak. He said he didn't recall whether he'd had a third meeting with the Russian ambassador, in addition to the original two he initially failed to report.

"I do not" Sessions said when asked whether he knows whether the president records his conversations.

"Declining to answer questions at a congressional hearing about confidential conversations with the President is long-standing executive-branch-wide practice", the DOJ official said in a statement.

The letter said the investigation will also probe Mr Comey's testimony that Loretta Lynch, as President Barack Obama's attorney general, had directed him to describe an FBI probe into Hillary Clinton's email practices as merely a "matter" and to avoid calling it an investigation.

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Two female senators from two different parties and two different states on opposite sides of the country questioned why Trump fired Comey.

4 - Burr: "You reported two other meetings with the ambassador, one in July on the sidelines of the Republican convention, I believe and one in September in your senate office".

Sessions did not fall into the trap laid by questions about his private conversations with Trump regarding the investigation and the firing of FBI Director James Comey.

Sessions may be under a further cloud after Comey suggested the attorney general may have failed to take appropriate steps to protect the Federal Bureau of Investigation chief. Sessions argued that in the context of that hearing, "my answer was a fair and correct response to the charge as I understood it". "But that in itself is not problematic".

"You and I agree that the American people deserve a full accounting of attempts to meddle in both our democratic processes and the impartial administration of justice".

Sessions on Saturday said he would appear before the intelligence committee, which has been doing its own investigation into Russian contacts with the Trump campaign. But Sessions said he had no recollection of that.

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