Post reports Trump under investigation for obstructing justice
Jun 15 2017 by Michele Stevens
If Mueller investigates the Comey dismissal, he'll likely want to talk to Sessions and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein before speaking with or taking testimony from the president. The appearance before the Senate intelligence committee gave Sessions a chance to defend himself, but offered little new insight.
At his hearing last week, Comey testified that he believed he was sacked on May 9 "because of the Russian Federation investigation".
A former Republican senator, Sessions was an early supporter of Trump's presidential campaign, but sources say there has been tension between the two men in recent weeks because Trump was annoyed that Sessions recused himself from the Russian Federation probe.
It is not all that surprising to learn that Trump is now under investigation for obstruction, given what we learned from Comey last week about his interactions with the president as well as Trump's own public admission that "this Russian Federation thing" was on his mind when he made the decision to fire Comey.
When Sessions declined to answer a similar question from Sen.
He's been hounded by speculation over the possibility of a third meeting, with Democratic senators calling for an investigation.
Later, Sessions directly blasted Comey for his testimony in private last week, "This is a secret innuendo out there being leaked about me - and I don't appreciate it". The two important players who have not yet testified in public are the directors of National Intelligence (Dan Coats) and Central Intelligence (Mike Pompeo), both of whom the president also evidently spoke to about pressuring FBI Director Comey.
Sessions was sworn in February 9 but did not actually step away from the investigation until March 2, the day after The Washington Post reported on his two previously undisclosed Kislyak meetings.
Sessions brands Russia collusion claims a 'detestable lie'
And it's on that question - the reason Comey was sacked - that Sessions' performance was the least assured and the most evasive. Tom Cotton of Arkansas. "I just don't remember it". "Do you like Jason Bourne or James Bond movies?" asked Cotton.
Attorney General Jeff Sessions testified before the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence Tuesday afternoon.
Sessions criticized Comey's handling of the Hillary Clinton email investigation, which the White House had initially cited as the ostensible reason for his firing.
"Many have suggested that my recusal is because I felt I was a subject of the investigation myself, that I may have done something wrong", Sessions added. Gingrich told The Associated Press in an interview this week that his feelings about him began to change after Comey testified to a Senate panel that he had leaked his personal memos in order to trigger the appointment of a special counsel.
Sessions' testimony did not provide any damaging new information on Trump campaign ties with Russian Federation or on Comey's dismissal, but his refusal to discuss conversations with Trump raised fresh questions about whether the White House has something to hide.
Democratic Sen. Ron Wyden of OR asked Sessions about suggestions arising from Comey's testimony last week that there was something "problematic" about his recusal. He later said he hadn't mentioned those meetings in his testimony because he had been asked about contacts as a surrogate for the Trump campaign, not as a senator. That position was similar to the one taken at a separate hearing last week by the country's intelligence chiefs. Sessions stated, "It simply did not occur to me to go further than the context of the question and list any conversations I may have had with Russians in routine situations, as I had with numerous other foreign officials".
In his testimony on June 8, Comey told the Senate Intelligence Committee that he believed Trump had fired him over his role as lead of the FBI investigation into Russian interference in the US election and Trump campaign associates' possible ties to Russia.
The officials said Coats, Rogers and Ledgett would appear voluntarily, though it remains unclear whether they will describe in full their conversations with Trump and other top officials, or will be directed by the White House to invoke executive privilege.