Sessions to face sharp questions on Trump, Russia, Comey

Cheryl Sanders
June 14, 2017

"He didn't recall this, but I responded to his comment by agreeing that the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Department of Justice needed to be careful to follow department policies regarding appropriate contacts with the White House". Sessions argued that in the context of the hearing, "my answer was a fair and correct response to the charge as I understood it".

The former Republican U.S. senator, an early supporter of Trump's presidential campaign, will likely have to explain why he told lawmakers in January that he had no dealings with Russian officials past year. He never, he insisted, knew anything about the Russian Federation probe or had any role in it.

"I recused myself from any investigation into the campaign for president, but I did not recuse myself from defending my honor against scurrilous and false allegations", Sessions added.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions is begging lawmakers to rescind that safe harbor for medical pot - and claiming that the very prescription painkiller epidemic that medicinal cannabis helps stunt should prompt the government to crack down on doctor-prescribed marijuana.

"Our committee will want to hear what you are doing to ensure that the Russians - or any other foreign adversaries - can not attack our democratic process like this ever again".

Democratic Sen. Ron Wyden of OR asked Sessions about suggestions arising from Comey's testimony last week that there was something "problematic" about his recusal.

While the existing research is promising, findings remain limited - in large part because the absolutist prohibitions Sessions so adores in federal policy have made it all but impossible to conduct broad, thorough scientific research on cannabis for decades.

Leahy told Rosenstein "you are not the witness who should be behind this table". There are none, Sen. "Wyden, there are none", Sessions insisted, his voice rising.


"I believe the James Comey leaks will be far more prevalent than anyone ever thought possible", Trump tweeted over the weekend.

In his letter, first obtained by Tom Angell of Massroots.com and verified independently by The Washington Post, Sessions argued that the amendment would "inhibit [the Justice Department's] authority to enforce the Controlled Substances Act".

He says he is confident that Mueller will have "the full independence he needs" to investigate thoroughly.

He said he would agree to dismiss Mueller only if there were a legitimate basis to do so, and an order from the president would not necessarily qualify.

"The Senate and the American people deserve to know exactly what involvement with the Russian Federation investigation he had before his recusal, what safeguards are in place to prevent his meddling, and why he felt it was appropriate to recommend the firing of Director Comey when he was leading that investigation", said Sen.

"I took the opportunity to implore the Attorney General to prevent any future direct communication between the President and me".

"It is really unclear what he is going to say, and I am a little bit surprised because in the past, he has gotten into trouble when he said things and they turned out not to be entirely true", said Jens Ohlin, a professor of law at Cornell University. "I'm not sure what was in his mind specifically".

Former FBI director Mr Comey appeared before the same panel last week, during which he accused the White House of "lying" about the FBI.


On another hot-button issue, Sen.

Suddenly upon formally joining the Trump campaign in March 2016 and being named the symbolic head of Trump's policy operation, Sessions found himself (as a former Trump campaign operative tells Ioffe) "the go-to person for all the foreign-policy people trying to give their advice to the campaign". Sessions strenuously denied he'd committed perjury in his confirmation hearings - because he maintained he'd met with Kislyak as a senator, not as an adviser to presidential candidate Trump.

"We want the world to know how we and our son have been brutalized and terrorized by the pariah regime" in North Korea, Warmbier's parents said. "Rubio, probably so", Sessions added, when Rubio asked whether any such tapes would have to be preserved.

Sessions was one of the people that Trump shooed out of the Oval Office so he could privately direct Comey to drop the investigation of former national security adviser Michael Flynn, according to Comey's bombshell testimony before the same committee last week. As Trump tried to shoo everyone out to talk alone with Comey, Sessions lingered, in Comey's account.

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein says he has seen no evidence of good cause to fire the special prosecutor overseeing the Russian Federation investigation.

But Sessions disputed that was why he lingered, suggesting there was really nothing to it.

"I believe it would be unwise for Congress to restrict the discretion of the Department to fund particular prosecutions, particularly in the midst of an historic drug epidemic and potentially long-term uptick in violent crime", Sessions wrote.


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