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Times Jeff Sessions Had a Convenient Memory Lapse While Testifying

Times Jeff Sessions Had a Convenient Memory Lapse While Testifying

As Sessions testified, Trump, who traveled to Wisconsin to discuss a workforce development initiative, declined to answer a reporter's question about whether he had confidence in his attorney general. Days after that, Sessions also corrected his confirmation hearing testimony to inform the committee about his two meetings with Kislyak. To his boss? To his former Senate colleagues?

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

Sessions appeared before the Senate Intelligence Committee just five days after James Comey, whom Trump fired as FBI director on May 9, told the panel Trump ousted him to undermine the agency's investigation of the Russian Federation matter. Prompted by Burr to say that he had never been briefed about the F.B.I.'s investigation into Russian election interference, Sessions responded in the affirmative. There are none. I can tell you for absolute certainty.

He's been hounded by speculation over the possibility of a third meeting, with Democratic senators calling for an investigation. Senators of both parties were frustrated by evasive answers they received last week from Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats and other intelligence officials. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) whether Sessions "lingered" because he knew he wasn't supposed to leave Comey alone with Trump, Sessions ducked: "What I did recall is I did depart", Sessions said, "and Director Comey was sitting in front of the president's desk and they were talking".

Sessions testified about his dealings with Russian officials and whether he intentionally misled Congress as the Senate Intelligence Committee probes the Russia matter. Some say he perjured himself.

King mentioned a memo from October in which the U.S. Intelligence Community wrote that they were confident that the Russian government were responsible for government email hacks and that those "thefts and disclosures are meant to interfere with the USA election process".

The same thing happened last week when McCain first interrupted Harris to ask her to let Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein answer the question posed.

- The details of a February 14 Oval Office meeting, where Sessions and other top aides left the room and Trump talked to Comey alone.

Has he discussed the possibility of pardoning anyone involved in the investigation with Trump?

Instead, Comey was ousted for mishandling the Hillary Clinton email scandal, Cornyn argued. But Trump undercut that version May 11, telling NBC News that the firing was in response to Comey's handling of the Russian Federation investigation.

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. "When you're recusing yourself, you are stepping aside, and this sure doesn't look like that", he said.

Trump has also signaled his disappointment with Sessions in recent weeks, but for different reasons. The Justice Department has denied such a meeting occurred.

After the Post story was published, Sessions recused himself from the Russian Federation investigation, but he was involved in the decision to fire former FBI Director James Comey. "It is absurd, frankly, to suggest that a recusal from a single specific investigation would render an attorney general unable to manage the leadership of the various Department of Justice law enforcement components that conduct thousands of investigations", he said.

During Tuesday's Intelligence Committee hearing, U.S. Sen.

"I'm not able to invoke executive privilege, that's the president's prerogative", Sessions said.

And so it went, with the alternate questioning by Republicans and Democrats giving the hearing the feel of the most elaborate good cop/bad cop routine ever.

Trump has expressed frustration with Sessions, one of his earliest high-profile campaign backers, but the attorney general's steely demeanor showed he was prepared to push back against outside criticism.


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