The US Attorney General testifies before the US Senate Intelligence Committee at a public hearing on the Russian plot
US Attorney General Jeff Sessions said today that he has “never” met with any Russian government official with the aim of influencing the 2016 presidential elections, and considered making that statement an “abominable and detestable lie” .
In his expected appearance before the Senate Intelligence Committee, Sessions was irritated by some of the inquisitive questions of the senators and, to urge them, he even referred to the 20 years he spent in the Upper House as representative of Alabama, as well As his 15 years as a prosecutor and part of the Army.
“Any suggestion that I have participated in any collusion with the Russian Government to wound this country, which I have had the honor of serving for 35 years, or that I have tried to undermine the integrity of our democratic process, is an abominable lie and Detestable, “Sessions said.
Sessions has denied any contact with the Russian Government with the aim of influencing the elections
“I have never met or had any conversation with any Russian official or any official of any foreign government to influence the US elections,” he said.
Sessions went further and went so far as to say that he has no “knowledge” of any sort of inappropriate conversation between Russian officials and members of President Donald Trump’s team, even though former campaign chief Paul Manafort and former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn Are in the focus of research on the Russian plot.
In his testimony, Sessions claimed that he left the Russian investigation on March 2 because he had been actively involved in the campaign of the now-President Donald Trump and did not consider it appropriate to participate in a survey that could implicate the ruler’s environment.
“It’s important, I restrained myself from investigating not for having committed any misconduct during the campaign, but for the regulations of the Department of Justice,” he said.
The prosecutor general says he is not aware of any meeting between the Trump team and Russian officials
Sessions’ decision to ban the investigation came, however, just as the press revealed that it had held two meetings during the presidential campaign with the Russian ambassador to the United States, Sergey Kislyak, meetings that he did not reveal in the Senate during his hearing Of confirmation in the position.
Former FBI Director James Comey testified last week before the same committee and suggested that Sessions pulled out of the Russian investigation because of his involvement in a series of classified facts that he did not publicly disclose.
According to local media reports, Comey told members of the Senate Intelligence Committee at a closed-door meeting that Sessions may have held a third meeting – until now unknown – with the Russian ambassador to the United States at the Mayflower Hotel in Washington.
Sessions denied that he had held a third secret meeting with the Russian ambassador, and explained that he participated in the Mayflower Hotel in a reception with a multitude of assistants, among whom the diplomat might find himself.
“If there was any kind of brief interaction with the Russian ambassador during that reception, I do not remember it,” he said.
During the hearing, the senators focused some of their questions on firing as Comey’s FBI chief who last week described “troubling” White House talks with Trump and said he asked Sessions not to stay alone with President.
Sessions was irritated during his appearance and was forced to wield his 35 years of service to the country
“I think he’s in error,” Sessions said today, saying he was silent about Comey’s concerns and provided him with the information he asked about the rules governing communication between the president and the FBI director, Which has a ten-year mandate to guarantee its independence.
Those rules, according to Sessions, do not prohibit private meetings between a trustee and an FBI director, but urge the director of that federal investigative office to end the conversation if it stems from sensitive issues.
Despite the senators’ insistence, Sessions refused to disclose any details about his talks with the president, even if Comey was fired for the Russian investigation.
The investigation into Russia is now in the hands of special prosecutor Robert Mueller, director of the FBI between 2001 and 2013.
Several Trump allies, including former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, have come out in favor of firing Mueller and have come to say that the president is considering that possibility, although the White House has not confirmed it.
“I have confidence in Mr. Mueller, but I will not talk about any hypotheses,” Sessions settled.