7 takeaways from Jeff Sessions' testimony before the Senate

Sessions came under fire earlier this year after he denied meeting with Russian officials during his January confirmation hearing, but later told reporters that he had met with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak twice.

"Further, I have no knowledge of any such conversations by anyone connected to the Trump campaign", he said.

Sessions insisted there are no problematic reasons why he recused himself from the investigation, saying there is a "secret innuendo being leaked out there about me, and I don't appreciate it".

"AG Sessions should be subpoenaed to Judiciary Committee to answer questions he's dodging today, publicly and under oath", Blumenthal said in a tweet.

"The suggestion that I participated in any collusion.is an appalling and detestable lie", Sessions said.

Mr. Comey last week said the FBI was "aware of facts" that would have made it "problematic" for Mr. Sessions to be involved in the Russian Federation investigation.

Jeffrey Cramer, a former federal prosecutor, said Mr. Sessions's use of this particular power in Mr. Trump's name was questionable.

The attorney general went on to deny there were "issues" with his recusal that were "problematic".

While, James Comey's testimony last week was called "explosive", Sessions' didn't reveal much. And he answered his own question by saying, well, I didn't meet with or communicate with the Russians during the campaign.

"I received only the limited information that the department's career officials determined was necessary to inform my recusal decision", Sessions said.

"I am following historic policies of Department of Justice", Sessions continued.

In a series of tweets during the hearing, Sen.

2 - Burr asked, "From your testimony, you said you don't remember whether the ambassador from Russian Federation was there?"

Attorney-General Jeff Sessions gave passionate and vehement replies to accusations of collusion with the Kremlin during the presidential election.

Sessions recused himself from the Russian Federation investigation in March after revelations that he had failed to disclose two meetings past year with Russia's ambassador to Washington, Sergei Kislyak.

Sessions responded, "I don't believe I had any conversation with Russian businessmen or Russian nationals", before Harris interrupted him with a follow-up.

"If any brief interaction occurred in passing with the Russian ambassador during that reception, I do not remember it", he said. Trump has suggested there might be tapes of his encounters with Comey; Comey said last week that "lordy" he hopes there are.

While asking Attorney General Jeff Sessions about his refusal to answer questions Tuesday concerning conversations he may have had with President Donald Trump, the California Democrat was interrupted by Sen. We have oversight over the Justice Department. Sessions said he did not read these reports.

"I saw that as an absolute distraction - I think this president has been terrific at throwing up smoke screens and distractions - and that's exactly what I thought that was", said Sidlow.

"Following a routine morning threat briefing, Mr. Comey spoke to me and my chief of staff".

Sen. Mark Warner, D., Va., asked the attorney general if he had confidence in former FBI Director Robert Mueller's appointment as special counsel to probe whether the Trump campaign colluded with Russian Federation.

He disputed that his involvement in Comey's firing violated the recusal. As Sessions evaded specifics, Harris pressed, prompting Republican Sen.

Other questioning probed the differing recollections between Comey and Sessions over a February meeting in the Oval Office with the president and several others - including Sessions- when Trump asked all to leave the room except Comey.

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