Categories: Featured News

Sessions refuses to discuss conversations with Trump on Russia

By Sarah N. Lynch and Lisa Lambert

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions refused on Wednesday to answer lawmakers’ questions about his discussions with President Donald Trump on Russia and denied lying to Congress about his own contacts with Russians during the 2016 election campaign.

In often testy exchanges with Senate Democrats, Sessions denied having misled them when he said during his Senate confirmation hearing earlier this year that he had not met with Russian officials during the presidential campaign.

“I conducted no improper discussions with Russians at any time regarding the campaign,” Sessions told a Senate Judiciary Committee oversight hearing.

Sessions was forced to recuse himself from investigations into Russian interference in the election and possible collusion by Trump campaign aides after it was revealed in March that he met with Russian ambassador Sergei Kislyak at least twice in 2016.

The Washington Post reported in July that U.S. intelligence agencies picked up intercepts in which Kislyak told the Kremlin he had held substantive discussions with Sessions about Trump’s positions on U.S.-Russia relations.

Sessions said on Wednesday he could not recall the specific details of the conversation.

“I don’t think there was any discussions about the details of the campaign,” he said. “It could have been that in that meeting in my office or at the convention … some comments were made about what Trump’s positions were. I think that’s possible.”

Democratic Senator Patrick Leahy told Sessions that many members of the committee believe Sessions gave “false testimony” when he had previously denied meeting with Russians.

Sessions said he believed the context of that question related only to matters specific to the 2016 campaign interference, and told Leahy he had answered it truthfully.

“I believe my answer was correct,” Sessions said.

He also repeatedly said he was barred from discussing the content of confidential conversations with Trump.

Those refusals appeared likely to fuel congressional Democrats’ frustration with the Trump administration over what they say is its inadequate cooperation with investigations into the Trump campaign’s dealings with Russia.

Russia has denied interfering in the U.S. election and Trump has said there was no collusion.

Sessions also said on Wednesday that he has not been interviewed or received any interview requests by Special Counsel Robert Mueller, who is leading the investigation into alleged Russian interference in the election.

(Reporting by Sarah N. Lynch and Lisa Lambert; Editing by Chizu Nomiyama and Alistair Bell)

Recent Posts

Republican Cowards Complain About Getting Owned By Biden In Debt Limit Deal But Won’t Bring Motion To Vacate

House Republicans are realizing that Kevin McCarthy got owned by Biden on the debt limit…

12 hours ago

Kevin McCarthy Thanks Biden As He Spins Debt Limit Defeat

In a moment that was the height of delusion, Kevin McCarthy tried to pretend like…

1 day ago

MAGA Has Failed In Their Goal To Sabotage Biden

The whole point of the GOP's debt limit drama was to provoke a recession to…

1 day ago

GOP Meltdown As Rand Paul Realizes Republicans Have Been Duped By Kevin McCarthy

Republicans like Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) are realizing that they have been duped and Speaker…

2 days ago

Top House Democrat Calls Out Republican Drama Queens For Getting Nothing In Debt Limit Deal

House Progressive Caucus Chair Pramila Jayapal (D-WA) asked what all the drama was about after…

2 days ago

Hakeem Jeffries Humiliates Kevin McCarthy By Catching Him In A Huge Lie

Kevin McCarthy went on national television and lied about Hakeem Jeffries, so the House Democratic…

2 days ago