AG Jeff Sessions says special counsel Robert Mueller has not interviewed him

Cheryl Sanders
October 18, 2017

Attorney General Jeff Sessions defended President Donald Trump's third travel ban Wednesday, the day it was set to go into effect, as a "lawful" and "necessary" order that the Department of Justice is "proud to defend".

He also said that he had not been interviewed by special counsel Robert Mueller, who is leading the Department of Justice investigation into Russian interference.

Sessions told members of the Senate Judiciary Committee during an opening statement of his oversight hearing Wednesday that the president is entitled to have private conversations with Cabinet secretaries.

Sessions answered, "Probably not".

"I don't think it's fair to you to suggest otherwise", he said.

There were some audible chuckles in the hearing room.

Sen. Patrick Leahy, a Vermont Democrat, asked Sessions if he had been interviewed.

"You haven't been interviewed by special counsel in any way shape or matter" Leahy asked again.

Sessions had refused to answer questions relating to the Russian Federation probe in June testimony before the same committee, saying it was inappropriate.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions during a Senate hearing on Wednesday criticized James Comey, saying the "significance of the error" the former Federal Bureau of Investigation director made on the "Clinton matter" has not been fully understood.

At a separate hearing in June, Sessions told the Senate Intelligence Committee he would not disclose his communications with Trump.

Democrats have made it clear they will once again press him for answers about his conversations with Trump and Comey in the days before Trump dismissed the Federal Bureau of Investigation director in May.

Sessions maintained throughout their exchange that he gave his answers during his confirmation hearing in "good faith" and that he had no "improper discussions" with Russians.

Feinstein asked Sessions his role in the firing of Comey last May.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions says he urged the firing of former FBI Director James Comey because of Comey's handling of the Hillary Clinton email investigation. "For the first time I'm aware of in all of my experience. a major case in which DOJ prosecutors were involved in an investigation that an investigative agency announced the closure of an investigation".

It is standard operating policy for attorneys general to appear each year before the Justice Department's congressional overseers on the House and Senate judiciary committees.

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