Key takeaways from Attorney General Sessions' testimony

Attorney General Jeff Sessions gave more than two hours of sometimes heated testimony to Congress, with Democrats demanding details of matters including conversations with President Donald Trump, interactions with the Russian ambassador and the firing of FBI Director James Comey.

Committee Vice Chairman Mark Warner, D-Va., noted that a friend of President Trump's, Newsmax CEO Chris Ruddy, said on Monday that the president was considering removing Mueller.

"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 in the United States. Further, I have no knowledge of any such conversations by anyone connected with the Trump campaign".

In the gaggle on Air Force One on Tuesday, White House deputy press secretary Sarah Sanders said the President wasn't able to watch "much of it", but from "what he did see and what he heard, he thought that attorney general Sessions did a very good job and in particular was very strong on the point that there was no collusion between Russian Federation and the Trump campaign". "What was said that would suggest I participated in continuing communications with the Russians as a surrogate is absolutely false".

But Sessions said that despite his sense of problems at the Federal Bureau of Investigation, he never raised that with Comey.

So the person picked to be attorney general-one of the chief national security officials in the U.S. government-had not bothered to educate himself about the Russian operation. "You either answer the question under oath, or you invoke executive privilege".

Democratic Senator Ron Wyden told Sessions, "I believe the American people have had it with stonewalling. You are obstructing that congressional investigation by not answering questions", Sen.

In a statement issued following the hearing, Sen.

"Following a routine morning threat briefing, Mr. Comey spoke to me and my chief of staff". King mentioned a memo from October in which the U.S. Intelligence Community wrote tha.

One of those administration officials, Admiral Michael Rogers, head of the National Security Agency, met with members of the Intelligence Committee in a closed-door session, according to the agency.

He insisted he never knew anything about the Russian Federation probe or had any role in it.

The attorney general has acknowledged two meetings a year ago with Russia's ambassador to the U.S., Sergey Kislyak. Sessions recused himself from the Russian Federation investigation in March after the revelations of the two Kislyak meetings.

Asked about media reports that he had met with Kislyak on a third occasion at a Washington hotel past year, Sessions testified that did not remember meeting or having a conversation with the ambassador at the event.

As expected, lawmakers grilled Sessions about his role in Comey's firing, his own involvement in the Trump campaign and his meetings with Sergey Kislyak, the Russian ambassador to the US. Trump has suggested there might be tapes of his encounters with Comey; Comey said last week that "lordy" he hopes there are. "I hope you can let this go". But he said the fact that Comey and Trump were alone was "not problematic", by itself, Sessions said. "I am following the historic policies of the Department of Justice".

"The policy is based on the principle -" Sessions replied.

"I am not able to discuss with you or confirm or deny the nature of private conversations that I may have had with the president on this subject or others", Sessions said. "But that in itself is not problematic".

"Sir, I'm not asking about the principle", Harris said. "I affirmed his concern that we should be following the proper guidelines of the Department of Justice, and basically backed him up in his concerns".

Dianne Feinstein's (D-Calif.) questions about why, if he had recused himself from the Russian Federation investigation, he participated in Trump's decision to fire Comey, on May 9 (notably, the day after Yates's testimony about Flynn).

Comey recalled that he felt "something big" was about to happen, and "my sense was the attorney general knew he shouldn't be leaving".

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