Mueller meets with Senate Russia investigators

Cheryl Sanders
June 15, 2017

The meeting was one of 25 meetings with foreign ambassadors Sessions held in 2016, Sessions said. Mr. Comey had served in the department for better than two decades and I was confident he understood and would abide by the well established rules limiting communications with the White House, especially about ongoing investigations. There was a suggestion that there may have been a third meeting that he never disclosed.

"I think he's incorrect", Sessions told Senator Roy Blunt about Comey's recollection.

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

Sessions: Well, we were asked our opinion, and when we expressed it, which was consistent with the letter we wrote, I felt comfortable, and I guess the deputy attorney general did too, in providing that information in writing. There are none, Senator Wyden. "I am asking, when you knew you would be asked these questions and you would rely on that policy, did you not ask your staff to show you the policy that would be the basis for you refusing to answer the majority of questions that have been asked of you?"

SESSIONS: You tell - this is a secret innuendo being leaked out there about me, and I don't appreciate it.

LIASSON: So very, very emphatic in defending himself. And I would like to have him testify before us. Sessions acknowledged that Trump had not invoked executive privilege to protect the conversations. They wanted a "fresh start", Sessions said. And that Rosenstein's rationale was that Comey had poorly handled the FBI's investigation into Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server.

At the conclusion of a February 14 meeting, the sacked Federal Bureau of Investigation chief testified, Trump urged everyone but Comey to leave the Oval Office, including Sessions.

Things got heated when one democrat asked if there are problems with sessions recusing himself from the Russian Federation investigation. And he said, I was only recused from Russian Federation.

Sessions, a close Trump adviser during the battle for the presidency, said in his opening statement that it was a "detestable and appalling lie" to suggest he was aware of or participated in any collusion between Russian Federation and the Trump campaign. Peter Carr, a spokesman for special counsel Mueller, also declined to comment.

The questions will continue, especially of everyone who steps before Congress, but Trump allies have proved that even going under oath won't shed light on the full details surrounding the Russian Federation investigation and whether Trump pressured high-ranking officials to drop it. Is there anything to this?

And he's also not being really honest about what the question was that he was asked and that he just didn't answer the question I asked but rather chose to say that he hadn't met with Russians. John McCain, R-Ariz., as she tried to question the deputy attorney general, Rod J. Rosenstein. And here's what he said. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., who asked if Sessions could "speak more frankly" in a closed session with senators, as Comey did: "I'm not sure". "I assume Bob Mueller is doing the same thing". And so that's what I would do. But the attorney general pushed back hard when asked what those problematic matters could be, retorting: "There are none".

Mueller also won votes of support Tuesday from the top two Republicans in Congress, House Speaker Paul Ryan of Wisconsin and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, both of whom said they have confidence in him.

The president signs off on more money and less regulation for apprentice programs today, back from Wisconsin pushing for a new health plan.

CORNISH: And a reminder that trip was policy-related, right? And in almost 2 1/2 hours of testimony, the attorney general sought to give the White House room to navigate that probe in the months and years to come. "Maybe it's because multiple Democrats on this committee have stated that they have seen no evidence thus far after six months of our investigation and 10 months, or 11 months of an FBI investigation of any such collusion", said Sen.

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