Will Jeff Sessions answer or dodge today's Senate questions on Trump, Comey?

Will Jeff Sessions answer or dodge today's Senate questions on Trump, Comey?

Cheryl Sanders
June 15, 2017

He also has vented frustration to aides on Sessions' decision to recuse himself from the Russian Federation investigation, a decision that led to Rosenstein's appointment of a special counsel, Robert S. Mueller III, a former FBI director.

Mueller has been tasked with leading the executive branch's investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election and any potential collusion between Russia and Trump associates. The former FBI Director said that, until mid-February, he chose not to approach Sessions about Trump's repeated approaches to him about the investigation of former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn. But that changed shortly after Trump fired Comey last May, the Post's sources said. According to the report, Mueller's office later took up the probe. "The FBI leak of information regarding the President is outrageous, inexcusable and illegal", said Mark Corallo, a spokesman for Kasowitz.

The statement was made to NBC after the Washington Post reported Wednesday evening that Robert Mueller, the special counsel hired by the Justice Department, had widened the scope of the investigation to include the president.

Despite that recusal, he was involved in Trump's decision to fire former FBI Director James Comey, who was leading the Russian Federation probe.

Lawmakers will also press Sessions about aspects of Comey's testimony last week. Sessions added his own letter to that effect, and both documents were sent to Trump, who then fired Comey later on the same day, May 9. Trump had wanted Comey to disclose publicly that he wasn't personally under investigation but the FBI director refused to do so.

Trump wrote in his letter firing Comey that the ousted FBI director had informed him on three separate occasions he was not under investigation.

He asked: "When will the Republicans say, 'All this Russian Federation interference in our elections - where were the Democrats?" But his former Democratic colleagues pressed him repeatedly on his contacts with Russian Federation and his role in the dismissal of Comey - who led the FBI's probe on Russian Federation until he was ousted.

"I took it as a very disturbing thing, very concerning, but that's a conclusion I'm sure the special counsel will work towards, to try and understand what the intention was there, and whether that's an offense", Comey testified last week.

That's from the Washington Post.

"It would've been certainly, I can assure you, nothing improper, if I'd had a conversation with him", he said.

In one tense exchange, Ron Wyden, D-Ore., said, "I believe the American people have had it with stonewalling".

The fired Federal Bureau of Investigation director said ultimately it was up to Mueller to make a determination whether the president crossed a legal line.

After Comey's testimony in which he acknowledged telling Trump that he was not under investigation, Trump tweeted that he felt "total and complete vindication".

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