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Trump's top lawyer to face questions on Russia, Comey

Trump's top lawyer to face questions on Russia, Comey

Attorney General Jeff Sessions needs to reveal what he knows specifically about the meetings between President Donald Trump and former FBI Director James Comey, a Republican congressman on the foreign affairs committee said Monday.

The Justice Department responded to this in an official statement on the day of Comey's testimony: "The attorney general was not silent; he responded to this comment by saying that the Federal Bureau of Investigation and Department of Justice needed to be careful about following appropriate policies regarding contacts with the White House". And, if Sessions was aware of the President's rationale, Reed said he expects that senators will ask why he did not remove himself from discussions about Comey.

Trump on Sunday accused Comey of "cowardly" leaks and predicted many more from him.

According to the sources, Sessions will also dispute the account Comey gave under oath of a conversation between the two men. Is there any request from the President or any other official in the White House that has made you uncomfortable since you were sworn in as attorney general?

Lawmakers for weeks have demanded answers from Sessions, particularly about meetings he had last summer and fall with the Russian ambassador to the United States, Sergey Kislyak.

Sessions, a close campaign adviser to Trump and the first senator to endorse him, stepped aside from the investigation in early March after acknowledging he had spoken twice in the months before the election with the Russian ambassador.

Democratic lawmakers are skeptical that Sessions will divulge any explosive new details, especially since the attorney general could assert executive privilege regarding any questions about conversations with the president. The Justice Department has denied such a meeting occurred.

"I have a recollection of him just kind of looking at me", Comey testified.

Longtime Republican operative Roger Stone, a Trump campaign adviser who is negotiating the terms of his own testimony before the House committee that grilled Comey, said Sessions will be advantaged by the fact that any concrete evidence of illegality has proved elusive. He is a good guy.

Trump supporters have insisted that the president did nothing wrong, since there is nothing wrong with expressing "hope".

Comey said Sessions responded with, essentially, a shrug. "And I have taken no action whatsoever with regard to any such investigation". Did Sessions have an inkling that Trump had an improper reason for wanting to talk to Comey alone? Sessions is especially important to the case because as the attorney general, he was Comey's boss, and because Comey testified "the attorney general lingered by my chair, but the president thanked him and said he wanted to speak only with me".

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein will replace Sessions at the appropriations committees' hearing Tuesday.

Last week, ABC News learned that the relationship between Trump and Sessions had declined to the point that Sessions recently suggested he could resign. "He did not reply".

Blumenthal is spearheading a bid to bring Sessions back before the Judiciary Committee to ask him about the meetings and the role he played in Trump's firing of Comey last month. Mark Warner, D-Va., vice chair and ranking Democrat, jointly announced that Sessions would testify Tuesday at 2:30 p.m. ET "in open session".

The Intelligence Committee is one of several congressional panels looking into the Russian Federation issue, alongside Mueller's probe. That offer appears to stand, though the timing remains "to be determined". Comey asked last week. And the same committee asked Comey for his memos about conversations with Mr. Trump.

Comey described the Oval Office meeting, before his one-on-one with Trump, as "a scheduled counterterrorism briefing".

Dianne Feinstein told Rosenstein that she believes it would be "catastrophic" if special counsel Robert Mueller were fired on the orders of President Donald Trump.


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