President says Sessions did 'very good job,' comments on Mueller rumors


Members of the Senate Intelligence Committee neglected to ask Jeff Sessions whether or not President Donald Trump has requested loyalty.

Sessions, a senior member of Trump's cabinet and an adviser to his election campaign a year ago, had a series of tense exchanges with Democrats on the Senate Intelligence Committee during about two and a half hours of testimony as they pressed him to recount discussions with the Republican president.

"There are none, Senator Wyden", replied Sessions, "This is a secret innuendo being leaked out there about me and I don't appreciate it!".

"That is the job for the prosecutors of the Department of Justice".

Sessions' hearing Tuesday made it clear he and Comey have two very different takes on the state of the Federal Bureau of Investigation under Comey.

Two months after his recusal, Mr. Sessions signed off on Mr. Comey's firing.

Sessions said he agreed with a letter drafted by his deputy, Rod Rosenstein, that Comey should be replaced. Pressed on this by senators on the Intelligence committee, Sessions pointed out that his recommendation to Trump on Comey was based in turn on a recommendation from Rosenstein.

Sessions refused to say whether he and Trump discussed FBI Director James Comey's handling of an investigation into possible collusion between Trump's campaign and Russian Federation during the election campaign before the president fired Comey on May 9. But he demurred when Republican Sen.

Kamala Harris was again reprimanded for questioning and interrupting a witness while questioning Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Tuesday. "Senator Harris, let him answer the question".

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By the time Sessions met with Kislyak at the Republican National Convention in July, cyber security researchers had already confirmed that Russian Federation had hacked the Democratic National Committee. As she asked for a yes or no answer, Burr cut her off for the last time. Harris wanted to know if he could point out the policy he was referring to that stopped him from answering the queries of senators. She did, but wasn't satisfied as Sessions continued to evade. Further, Sessions confirmed that he had problems with how Comey did his job outside of the FBI's Russian Federation investigation, which could be used as a way of discrediting Comey.

Saying he only knows what he reads in newspapers.

Speaking to the Senate intelligence committee yesterday, he also described allegations of collusion with Moscow as "an appalling and detestable lie" and denied ever receiving, or asking for, any briefing on the topic of Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.

Comey responded to the President's mention of the Russian Federation investigation.

His highly anticipated testimony came less than a week after former FBI Director James Comey sat in the same hot seat.

Sessions, of course, was appearing before the committee in regard to the ongoing investigation into Russia's interference in the 2016 election.

Stewart said there is proof of President Barack Obama's administration "unmasking" - revealing a US citizen's identity in surveillance of foreign officials - and leaking of classified information, which should be prosecuted. While Sessions could not say just now what was said in that meeting, he did confirm that he saw them alone and that Comey said he didn't think it was proper the next day.

Russian Federation has denied repeatedly that it interfered in the USA election, and Trump has denied any collusion by his campaign with Moscow.