Published: Thu, June 15, 2017
World Media | By Shelia Harmon

Kamala Harris Just Handed Jeff Sessions His Ass


Attorney General Jeff Sessions testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington on Tuesday.

Sessions said those policies that prevented him answering questions, despite various senators saying there was no legality that should limit him from answering.

Sessions' lack of interest in the Russian meddling seems to have mirrored Trump's lack of concern.

Presumably under pressure to protect the president without perjuring himself, Attorney General Jeff Sessions found new and creative ways to deflect hours of probing questions by the Senate Intelligence Committee on Tuesday, most of which amounted to a variation on a familiar theme: "I don't recall".

Testifying at a Senate hearing, Sessions, who was a close Trump adviser during the battle for the presidency, said it was a "detestable and appalling lie" to suggest that he participated in or was aware of any collusion between Russian Federation and the Trump campaign. He does not acknowledge the unanimous conclusions of the USA intelligence community that Russian Federation massively intervened in our election.

There had been some question as to whether the hearing would be open to the public, but the Justice Department said Monday he requested it be so because he "believes it is important for the American people to hear the truth directly from him".

Democrats were unhappy with Sessions declining to testify about his discussions with Trump, citing the longstanding policy. Cotton", Sessions said. "It's just like 'Through the Looking Glass.' I mean, what is this? Senator Harris, let him answer.

"No", Sessions joked, before admitting, "Yes, I do". I am concerned that the president still does not recognize the severity of the threat.

U.S. intelligence agencies have concluded that Russian Federation interfered in the election to help Trump in part by hacking and releasing damaging emails about Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton.

Lawmakers also asked Rosenstein whether it was appropriate for Sessions to be involved in the firing of Comey given Sessions's recusal from the Clinton email investigation, which he offered because of his role on the Trump campaign.

Despite Sessions' statement about the reasons for his recusal, the attorney general did not actually step aside from the Russia probe until March 2, the day after The Washington Post reported on his two previously undisclosed meetings with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak.

SESSIONS: I - why don't you tell me?

"Why don't you tell me?" However, in his opening remarks Tuesday, Sessions said he did not disclose two meetings with Kislyak because he was responding to Franken's "rambling question". Sessions said they had decided, even before they were confirmed for their positions at the Justice Department, that they needed to remove Comey because the Federal Bureau of Investigation needed a "fresh start".

Harris followed up, "Sir, I am not asking about you the principle".

Sessions said the decision to fire Comey was so as to have "a fresh start" at the FBI and had nothing to do with Comey's handling of the Bureau's Russian Federation probe.

It it appeared as though Sessions had consulted with a legal team - at the Department of Justice or the White House Counsel's Office, and burning that much time at the hearing without revealing any private conversations with the president had to be viewed as a victory.

In May, Trump told NBC News that he was contemplating "this Russian Federation thing" ahead of Comey's firing.

"No", Comey said. "Not with President Trump". "But that in itself is not problematic".

Sessions told the senators he has confidence in Mueller but said he had "no idea" if Trump did because he had not spoken to the president about the matter. Our Department of Justice rules on proper communication between the Department and the White House have been in place for years.

Sessions said he agreed with a letter drafted by his deputy, Rod Rosenstein, that Comey should be replaced.

Trump has expressed frustration with Sessions, one of his earliest high-profile campaign backers, but the attorney general's steely demeanor showed he was prepared to push back against outside criticism.

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