WASHINGTON — Attorney General Jeff Sessions denied any improper encounters with Russian Officials and the Kremlin with combative and forceful approach to his testimony. The testimony from the nations top lawman one week after that of a former subordinate, FBI Director James Comey.
Members of the Senates intelligence committee often showed frustration in Sessions as he refused to recount conversations with President Trump. “I am not able … to confirm or or deny” any conversations with the president, Sessions said. The AG reminded the lawmakers of the 20 years he had served alongside them as the Alabama Senator before joining the Trump administration. “Let me state this clearly, colleagues: I have never met with or had any conversation with any Russians or foreign officials concerning any type of interference in any campaign or election in the United States,” Sessions demanded. “The suggestion that I participated in any collusion, that I was aware of any collusion with the Russian government, or hurt this country which I have served with honor for 35 years, or to undermine the integrity of our democratic process, is an appalling and detestable lie,” he added in a heated manner.
Sessions did confirm the account that Trump had asked everyone to step out of the Oval office on Feb. 14 to meet in private with former FBI Director James Comey, as was stated in his testimony. “Everyone else did depart,” sessions testified. The following day, Comey “expressed concern bout being left alone with the president,” which is consistent to Comey’s statement.
Robert Mueller and the special counsel is expected to seek interviews from top intel officials, along with President Trump as the next steps of the investigation.
The Washington Post