Sessions vows to defend himself against 'false allegations'

A majority, 53 percent, of voters said they think Comey is either very or somewhat honest. "At this point, I believe it's premature for me to deny the president a full and intelligent choice about executive privilege".

Comey told the intelligence committee that, after an encounter with President Trump in which he said Trump pressured him to back off an investigation into the former national security adviser, Comey "implored" Sessions to make sure he was never left alone with the president again - but that Sessions didn't respond.

Democrats, reacting to the chatter, said that if Mr Trump fired Mr Mueller they would try to enact an independent counsel statute so they could appoint him.

Rosenstein took over the investigation when Attorney General Jeff Sessions recused himself from any dealings with the Russia probe on March 2 after his own dealings with Russian officials was disclosed.

Rosenstein said he would agree to dismiss Mueller only if there were a legitimate basis to do so, and an order from the president would not necessarily qualify. "I think it's pretty clear by what one of his lawyers said on television recently".

Rosenstein handed the reigns of the investigation over to Mueller last month not long after Trump abruptly fired FBI director James Comey, cutting short his 10-year term. But the former Alabama senator also said he agreed Comey should indeed deal internally only with his higher-ups at the Justice Department, although Trump can obviously speak to whomever he wishes.

The president has railed against the Russian Federation investigation, which was taken over by Justice Department special counsel Robert Mueller last month, as a "witch hunt".

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein says that a history of political giving is not a disqualifier for those who work for the Department of Justice's special counsel investigating Russian interference in us elections.

"'I forgot" becomes easier to stomach after prefacing your comments with "I don't recall, '" Prakash said.

"I can not and will not violate my duty to protect the confidential communications I have with the president", he said.

PBS' Judy Woodruff reported Monday that Trump friend Chris Ruddy told her after visiting the White House that Trump is "considering perhaps terminating" Mueller - a decision that would set off a massive political backlash. They are expected to work on setting formal terms of how the Hill and federal investigations will co-exist and share information - a major test on that front will be whether the FBI is willing to release Comey's memos of his conversations with Trump, now that they have been provided to Mueller. After firing James Comey, Trump seems to have another target: Rob Mueller. This was the implication of questions from Democratic senators at Tuesday's Senate Intelligence committee hearing regarding a previously undisclosed meeting of Sessions and Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak. "I agreed with him, essentially, that there are rules on private conversations with the president but there's not a prohibition on a private conversation with the president". "Russian Federation is trying to meddle into our elections", House Speaker Paul Ryan said today in an appearance on "The Hugh Hewitt Show".

The meeting was one of 25 meetings with foreign ambassadors Sessions held in 2016, Sessions said. "At all times throughout the course of the campaign, the confirmation process, and since becoming attorney general, I have dedicated myself to the highest standards". House Speaker Paul Ryan jumping to Robert Mueller's defense.

Deputy Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders confirmed Tuesday night to reporters that Mr. Trump interviewed Mueller "I believe the day before he was made special counsel".

"It is the House Judiciary Committee that should be the venue for the President to defend himself against the serious allegations of official misconduct, including but not limited to apparent attempts at obstruction of justice in the removal of Mr. Comey in order to relieve the "pressure" the President was feeling from investigations related to his campaign's ties to Russian meddling in America's most recent presidential election".

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