Republicans urge Trump on tapes; Sessions to testify Tues

  • Republicans urge Trump on tapes; Sessions to testify Tues

Republicans urge Trump on tapes; Sessions to testify Tues

Democratic senators repeatedly criticized Sessions for dispatching Rosenstein to testify Tuesday in his place about the Justice Department's budget to an Appropriations subcommittee.

Sessions refused to say whether he had ever discussed the Russian Federation investigation with Trump, arguing that he could not disclose private communications with the president.

Such a move would be complicated and potentially politically explosive.

In a separate Senate hearing, deputy attorney general Rod Rosenstein - who following Sessions' recusal from the Russian Federation probe is the official with authority to fire Mueller - told lawmakers he has seen no evidence of good cause to do so.

His appearance before the Senate Intelligence Committee comes less than a week after former FBI Director James Comey's testimony.

According to ABC, it is expected that Sessions will be asked about an alleged third meeting with the Russian ambassador to the United States.

His staffers have since acknowledged that he met twice with Russian Ambassador Sergei Kislyak. "Further, I have no knowledge of any such conversations by anyone connected with the Trump campaign", Sessions said.

Rumors have recently circulated that the president may seek to sack Robert Mueller, the special counsel appointed to head the high-stakes Russian Federation investigation following Comey's ouster. Given that as Federal Bureau of Investigation director Comey was overseeing the probe into Russian Federation and its possible collusion with the Trump team, the firing has led to questions about potential obstruction of justice.

The ultimate goal of the hearings is to "create a picture for the American people of what happened in this election and what would happen again" if measures aren't taken to address the problem, one congressional staffer explained.

There's a new bar for captivating Hill testimony as we get ready for today's public hearing with Attorney General Jeff Sessions at 2:30 p.m. The former senator later issued a clarification saying he had met with the ambassador, Sergey Kislyak.

Sessions said he did not recuse himself because he felt he was a subject of the investigation himself but rather because he felt he was required to by Justice Department rules.

- Kim Hak Song was detained last month to be investigated for committing unspecified hostile acts, North Korea has said. Flynn was sacked by Trump on February 13.

That led officials to believe that "he was not going to be in contact with Russia-related matters much longer", Comey said. The Supreme Court rejected Nixon's argument, 8-0, finding the need for evidence in a criminal trial overrode the president's interest in maintaining White House secrecy.

If Trump were targeting Mueller, dismissing him would not be a simple matter.

Meanwhile, in his capacity as Attorney General when not lying or recusing himself, Jeff Sessions is going after medical marijuana providers and users, because Jeff Sessions is a frightful person with horrific priorities. "I think he's weighing that option", Chris Ruddy, chief executive of Newsmax, told the PBS News Hour, speaking of Trump.

Sen. Ron Wyden, a member of the intelligence committee, told reporters he plans to press Sessions on his recusal. An order from the president would not necessarily qualify, he said.

"Is it fair to put that to rest?" she asked.

"I am not stonewalling", Sessions replied. I would like for him to return to the forest and stay there, or at least complete his transformation into full orc so that the world can see his truth. "This is a secret innuendo being leaked out there about me, and I don't appreciate it".

In recent days, Trump supporters such as Newt Gingrich and Rush Limbaugh have questioned if Mueller can conduct a fair inquiry.