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Al Franken Tears Into Jeff Sessions Over Shifting Narratives on Russia Meetings

Al Franken Tears Into Jeff Sessions Over Shifting Narratives on Russia Meetings

Al Franken Tears Into Jeff Sessions Over Shifting Narratives on Russia Meetings

Under questioning at a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing from Sen.

"Senator Feinstein, that calls for a communication that I've had with the president and I believe it remains confidential", Sessions said. "Well, I'd be pleased to answer that", he told Leahy, chuckling and smiling as he considered his response, "I'm not sure I should without clearing that with the special counsel".

Yet Sessions did not directly answer Leahy's question. Sessions later had to recuse himself from the Justice Department's investigation of Trump campaign ties to Russian Federation after it was revealed he had conversations with the ambassador. "You want to cut off federal funds and criticize the murder rate", said Durbin.

For now, it's unclear if Sessions believes federal contractors who maintain a place of public accommodation can turn away customers - as the Christian baker did - particularly given a 2014 executive order by former President Obama that bans LGBT discrimination by federal contractors. He says he answered the question as a surrogate of the Trump campaign. What's more, a person who was at the RNC told the Journal that Sessions and Kislyak discussed the Trump campaign.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions won't say whether he spoke with state officials who had threatened to sue the Trump administration if it did not end a program protecting young immigrants who were brought into the country as children and now living in the US illegally.

'Under the administration of both parties, it is well established that a president is entitled to have private, confidential conversations with with his cabinet officials, his secretary of state, his secretary of defense, his secretary of treasury, and certainly his counsel and the attorney general of the united states who provides counsel, ' he said, reading from prepared remarks.

And yet Session recently revealed what striking a balance looks like in at least one scenario.

Sessions may have been genuinely surprised by the question, but it isn't the first time the hypotheticals Durbin noted have come up. Lawmakers are asking about his role in ending the Obama-era program that protected hundreds of thousands of young people.

Justice Department officials were also familiar with those questions.

The incident is at the heart of a special counsel investigation into Russian election interference and any obstruction of justice that may of occurred to try to squelch government probes.

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Mueller has been investigating potential coordination between the Trump campaign and Russian Federation to influence the outcome of the 2016 presidential election. It'll be up to everyone to determine what they think is more credible: Sessions and Rosenstein's claims that a proper process was followed, or Trump's own stream-of-consciousness associations between Comey and the Russian Federation investigation.

"Have you been interviewed?" According to the New York Times, the nine Democrats on the committee sent a letter to Sessions last week saying he was expected to answer the questions unless President Trump formally invoked executive privilege, which he has not.

The Associated Press and other news organizations have reported that Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein has spoken to Mueller's team.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions dodged questions at a Senate hearing Wednesday regarding the firing of James Comey as Federal Bureau of Investigation director, alleged Russian Federation meddling in the 2016 election and the controversial pardoning of an Arizona sheriff, citing the confidentiality of his conversations with President Donald Trump.

President Trump used Twitter on Wednesday to spotlight Mr. Comey's draft letter in 2016 exonerating Mrs. Clinton of criminal wrongdoing while an investigation into her secret email server was underway.

Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) asked Sessions during Wednesday's Justice Department oversight hearing about a new "religious liberty" memorandum announced on October 6.

For his part, Senator Charles E. Grassley of Iowa, the committee's Republican chairman, said he was resigned to Democrats' efforts to cover a lot of old ground.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions told senators he won't discuss "confidential" conversations he had with President Donald Trump.

Photo Demonstrators in NY last month protesting the Trump administration's decision to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. The order is lawful, necessary, and we are proud to defend it, ' he said. Sessions added after a pause, appearing to egg Leahy on in his line of questioning, before finally answering, "No".

Sessions will testify to the Judiciary Committee Wednesday for the first time since his January confirmation.

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