Thursday, 13 December, 2018

President Trump pleased with Sessions testimony

Francis Olson | 15 June, 2017, 19:19

The move by special counsel Robert S. Mueller III to investigate Trump's conduct marks a major turning point in the almost year-old FBI investigation, which until recently focused on Russian meddling during the presidential campaign and on whether there was any coordination between the Trump campaign and the Kremlin.

At one point, Sen.

Sessions spent more than 2 1/2 hours before the Senate Intelligence Committee, which included several testy exchanges with Democratic senators who accused him of obstructing their investigation. Americans don't want to hear that answers to relevant questions are privileged or off limits, " said Wyden. We are talking about an attack on our democratic institutions and stonewalling of any kind is unacceptable.

"Sen. Heinrich, I'm not able to share with this committee private communications - " Sessions said, before Heinrich cut him off. "I am following the historic policies of the Department of Justice". "It would be premature to me to deny the president a full and intelligent choice on executive privilege", Mr Sessions said. "I hope you can see your way clear to letting this go, to letting Flynn go". Wyden. There are none.

"I'm not claiming executive privilege, because that's the President's power", Sessions told Sen.

"I tried to give my best and truthful answer to any committee I have appeared before and it's really - people are suggesting through innuendo that I have been not honest about matters and I've tried to be honest", Sessions said to Wyden.

SESSIONS: I believe they are.

Sessions was eager to defend himself today but not so eager to exonerate the president, simply refusing to answer most of the questions that involved him.

Legal analysts, though, were split on whether Sessions did so correctly on Tuesday.

"I don't recall a conversation like that", Comey said. 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". No Democrat chose to question the attorney general about such issues at Tuesday's hearing. The FBI is part of the Justice Department that Sessions heads.

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Legal experts have told ThinkProgress that Trump's public disclosures regarding Comey's firing put into question whether his conversations with Comey are protected by presidential executive privilege, a legal doctrine that is not constitutionally guaranteed but that historically has protected a president's communications. "Or the activities of Russian Federation and the '16 election or something like that".

Investigators under special counsel Robert S. Mueller III now are also trying to determine whether Mr. Trump's dismissal of Mr. Comey constitutes obstruction of justice, according to the Post.

Since then, lawmakers have raised questions about a possible third meeting at a Washington hotel, though the Justice Department has said that did not happen. "If there were good cause, I would consider it".

In his dramatic appearance before former colleagues, Sessions also contradicted a contention made by former FBI Director James Comey at a hearing before the same panel last week.

He disputed that his involvement in Comey's firing violated the recusal.

Asked to explain his decision, the attorney general said he believed he had to recuse himself under Department of Justice rules.

He added that any assertion that he did not honestly answer the question at the confirmation hearing is "false".

Comey was overseeing thousands of investigations at the time of his firing, Sessions argued, so the fact that he was recused from just one of them shouldn't mean he couldn't make a judgment call on Comey's leadership abilities.

Sessions was adamant that he did not have a private meeting with Kislyak at that event.

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