US Attorney General Jeff Sessions is currently testifying before the US Senate in response to the dramatic testimony of former FBI Chief James Comey. Sessions is not expected to comment on the investigation into Russia’s intervention in the recent US elections.
Attorney General Jeff Sessions testifies before the Senate Photo Credit: Reuters/ Channel 2 News
US Attorney General Jeff Sessions is testifying today (Tuesday) before the US Senate Intelligence Committee. In his opening statement, Sessions said: “Let me state this clearly, colleagues. I have never met with or had any conversation with any Russians or any foreign officials concerning any type of interference with any campaign or election in the United States. Further, I have no knowledge of any such conversations by anyone connected to the Trump campaign.”
Sessions continued: “As attorney general, I have a responsibility to enforce the laws of this nation to protect this country from its enemies and I intend to work every day with the fine team and the superb professionals in the department of justice to advance the important work we have to do. These false attacks and innuendos and the leaks, you can be sure will not intimidate me. These events have only strengthened my resolve to fulfill my duty. My duty to reduce crime and support the federal, state, and local law enforcement who work on the streets every day.”
Sessions admitted that former director of the FBI James Comey told him about one of his meetings with President Trump and described how the meeting had made him feel uncomfortable. “While he did not provide me with any of the substance of his conversation with the president, apparently the day before, Mr. Comey expressed concern about proper communications protocol with the White House and with the president,” he said.
According to Sessions, he had a number of conversations with the president in which Trump described his dissatisfaction with Comey- but these concerns were not shared with Comey. “It’s something we both agreed to that a fresh start at the FBI was probably the best thing,” Sessions said.
Over the weekend, Sessions announced that he is unable to address or look into Russia’s interference in the November elections. In a letter to the Senate subcommittee in Saturday, Sessions wrote that the intelligence committee would be the “most appropriate” place to discuss the matters raised by Comey during his hearing on Thursday.
In early March, Attorney General Sessions recused himself from investigating the alleged involvement of the Russians in the November 2016 election. The Washington Post revealed that Sessions had met at least twice with the Russian ambassador to the United States during the election campaign.