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Collusion with Russian Federation a "detestable and appalling lie": Sessions

15 June 2017

He also testified that he had no knowledge of any Trump campaign staff having any such conversations.

Addressing allegations that he had unreported meetings with Russian officials while he advised the Trump campaign, Sessions said he had already acknowledged two meetings past year with Ambassador Sergey Kislyak.

And asked about Trump's own contention that he 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".

- Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 15, 2017You are witnessing the single greatest WITCH HUNT in American political history - led by some very bad and conflicted people!

In an Interview with Lester Holt on NBC, Trump said he was thinking about Russian Federation when he fired Comey.

Sessions also denied that he had a third, unreported meeting with the Russian ambassador during the campaign that made Trump U.S. president.

Harris tried to shorten Sessions' lengthy and seemingly unclear answers to her questions, which resulted in him bristling and issuing strong words.

The newspaper's story was met with a furious reaction from Trump's personal lawyer and the Republican National Committee.

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Under Department of Justice rules, it is actually up to the deputy attorney general to make that call, though the president could bypass that protocol.

That disclosure was enough to get some wondering if that constituted efforts to undermine the investigation, and a series of reports since then have added to the intrigue.

Instead he maintained that he was "not stonewalling", but "following the historic policies of the Department of Justice".

COMEY: "Not that I'm aware of".

At Comey's testimony in front of the Senate Intelligence Committee last week, the former Federal Bureau of Investigation director said Trump had asked him to stop investigating former National Security Advisor Mike Flynn.

According to Comey, Trump said of Flynn: "He is a good guy".

During a heated exchange with Sen.

In response to accusations that he misled the Senate Judiciary Committee in response to a question asked by U.S. Senator Al Franken (D-MN).

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

Other than disputing Comey's claim that Sessions seemed helpless to rein in the president, there was none of that in Sessions' remarks.

"You raised your right hand here today and said you would solemnly swear to tell the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth", Democratic Senator Martin Heinrich said. But Sessions said he had no recollection of that. "The letter I signed represented my views that I have formulated for some time".

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

'You've got to take really affirmative action and Director [James] Comey said in his testimony that even though the expression was hope, he took it as a directive, ' Starr said.

Sessions concluded his opening statement by rejecting charges of improper handling of the Russian inquiry.

He also rejected there had been anything inappropriate in his involvement with the dismissal of FBI Director James Comey and vowed to defend his honor "against scurrilous and false allegations".

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