In Senate Testimony, Sessions Cites Confidentiality of Trump Conversations

But Sessions, visibly frustrated and voice rising, called Franken's line of questioning unfair. The attorney general also had a heated interaction with Sen. 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.

"Mr. Chairman, I don't have to sit in here and listen to his charges without having a chance to respond", Sessions said to Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Sen.

Sessions, speaking Wednesday before the Senate Judiciary Committee, said he won't disclose his private conversations with Trump, citing longstanding Justice Department policy against the practice.

Many legal scholars think this is a dubious use of executive privilege.

Democratic senators plan to press Attorney General Jeff Sessions about his private communications with the president when he appears to answer questions before a Senate committee.

"With respect to potential assertions of executive privilege on behalf of the president, we wish to put you on notice that any reasonable period of abeyance on numerous issues about which you will be asked has long elapsed", they wrote. "The fact of the matter is he has contacted you, isn't that a fact?" he asked pointedly.

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.

In March, Sessions recused himself in the investigation into possible Russian collusion by Trump associates to end accusations of conflict of interest.

"I would never accuse you of colluding with the Russians, but you concealed your own contacts with Russians when contacts were of great interested to the committee", Leahy said. Specifically, what was your designated role in the decision to fire director Comey?

Attorney General Jeff Sessions says he can't say whether someone's citizenship is a reliable indicator of whether that person may be a terrorist. We prepared those recommendations and submitted it to the president. I don't think I've heard of a situation in which a major case in which the Department of Justice prosecutors were involved in an investigation, that the investigative agent announces the closure of the investigation. "That's a yes or no question", he said. But particularly we confirmed that he reaffirmed he would do it again.

"You can make determinations about where an investigation is likely to go before you actually speak to the subject of that investigation", Mr. Holder told the host of "The Lead". There's no doubt about it. He said he didn't believe the assistance requested by the federal government was burdensome. Dianne Feinstein, Sessions refused to say whether he also discussed with Trump Comey's involvement in the Russian Federation investigation. "This is a challenging issue, when you have said, and I believe you, that you do not want to discriminate".

SESSIONS: That's what I can tell you. We had an encounter there and he asked for an appointment in my office later.

"I didn't have a continuing exchange of information". And we were asked to provide it, and we did.

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

FEINSTEIN But you don't deny that there was a communication?

"Well I didn't take up as much time as Senator Franken took", Sessions cut in.

FEINSTEIN: When did you first speak with the president about firing Director Comey? And I believe he has a right to protect that confidentiality until appropriate circumstances exist that he might choose to waive that privilege.


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