Sessions: ‘I Don’t Recall’ Talking to Russians About Collusion

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Summary: ” “He asked me a rambling question that included dramatic, new allegations that the United States intelligence community had advised President-elect Trump that ‘there was a on going exchange of information during such time campaign between Trump’s surrogates, and intermediaries, for the Russian government,’” Sessions said. I wanted to refute immediately any suggestion that I was a part of such an activity.” But Sessions’ answer to the Franken’s question was, in part: “I didn’t have—did not have communications with the Russians and I’m unable to comment on it.” Even though Sessions and Attorney General Rod Rosenstein issued the recommendations to Trump to fire Comey, Trump himself suggested that he fired Comey because of the built-up pressure over with the federal Russia probe. The attorney general came under fire from Democrats when it was revealed that, during his confirmation hearing, he didn’t disclose to the Senate Judiciary Committee the meetings he’d with Russia’s U.S. As a result, Sessions decided in March to recuse himself from all federal investigations surrounding Russian election meddling. The episode resulted in top Democrats, including Sen. Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein then decided to designate a special counsel to oversee the federal investigation into “any links and/or coordination between the Russian government, and individuals associated with the campaign of President Donald Trump.” The man appointed to that position was Robert Mueller, the foregoing FBI director who served, for 12 years under Presidents George W. Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Thursday denied that he’d any additional meetings with Sergey Kislyak, Russia’s ambassador to the United States.”

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