Attorney General Jeff Sessions testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee earlier today, in which he denied any collusion between Russia and the Donald Trump presidential campaign.
Sessions faced criticism for failing to disclose his interactions with Russia’s ambassador during his confirmation hearing, which he addressed stating “I have never met with or had any conversations with any Russians or any foreign officials concerning any type of interference with any campaign or election in the United States.”
Sessions also denied an alleged meeting he had with Russian officials at the Mayflower Hotel in April of 2016, and stated that he couldn’t recall any such private conversations with Russian ambassador Sergey I. Kislyak (the one Michael Flynn got himself in trouble with for talking to and failing to disclose it).
Sessions would later contradict former FBI head James Comey in his testimony. Last week Comey testified that Sessions did not reply when he complained to him that he didn’t want to be left alone with President Donald Trump, to which Sessions claims he did in fact respond.
Lastly, Sessions addressed concerns of his recusal from any probe related to the 2016 presidential campaign.
According to Breitbart, Sessions stated his recusal from the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election, “does not, and cannot interfere with my ability to oversee the Department of Justice, including the FBI,” and that “I did not recuse myself from defending my honor against scurrilous and false allegations.”
Sessions said, “[T]he scope of my recusal, however, does not, and cannot interfere with my ability to oversee the Department of Justice, including the FBI, which has an $8 billion budget and 35,000 employees. I presented to the president my concerns and those of Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein about the ongoing leadership issues at the FBI, as stated in my letter recommending the removal of Mr. Comey, along with the deputy attorney general’s memorandum on that issue, which have been released publicly by the White House. Those represent a clear statement of my views. I adopted the Deputy Attorney General Rosenstein’s points that he made in his memorandum and made my recommendation. It is absurd, frankly, to suggest that a recusal from a single specific investigation would render the attorney general unable to manage the leadership of the various Department of Justice law enforcement components that conduct thousands of investigations.”
He concluded, “I recuse myself from any investigation into the campaign for president, but I did not recuse myself from defending my honor against scurrilous and false allegations.”
Watch more below, when he elaborates that it was actually the DOJ’s rules that required him to recuse himself.
So no foul play there – onto the next conspiracy!