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Sessions Is Likely to Face Questions That He Has Refused to Answer
Sessions refuses to answer questions about 'confidential conversations' with Trump about Comey firing because he doesn't want to 'compromise' Trump's ability to assert executive privilege
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22 October, 2017

Sen. Ben Sasse, R-Neb., delved into the sophistication of the Russian election interference effort and steered his portion of the questioning toward the US preparedness to guard against future meddling efforts.

Once Sessions finished answering his question, Grassley said Franken would receive those three extra minutes. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., about whether he met with Mueller in relation to the Russia probe, the firing of former FBI Director James Comey, or his own interactions with Russian officials, saying, "Well, I'd be pleased to answer that - I'm not sure I should without clearing that with the special counsel".

After some hesitation, Sessions said he had not. Ted Cruz's earlier questioning of the attorney general. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., asked Sessions whether he discussed the threatened lawsuit with the Texas attorney general before President Donald Trump ended the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.

"I have committed myself to a high level of public service to reach the highest level of ethics and decency in my service", Mr Sessions said.

During Wednesday's hearing, Franken drilled down on Sessions' slippery explanations. Dianne Feinstein brought up the Comey issue and told Sessions: 'It's important I believe to understand what role you had in this process including conversations with the president and others in the White House'.

But asked whether Trump had ever voiced concerns about a "cloud" over the Russian Federation investigation to Sessions - or what, in particular, Trump's concerns about Comey were - Sessions claimed the content of his conversations with the president was confidential.

"I don't think so", was all he could get from Sessions, who added, after another round back and forth, "I am perfectly willing to answer to the special counsel in any way".

"Sessions of Alabama would have blown up if the attorney general said he can't even tell us he communicated with another attorney general in another state", Durbin quipped.

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Sessions says he needs to protect a tradition of confidential conversations between the president and aides.

Earlier in the hearing, Sessions signaled that he was going to disregard a request previously issued by committee Democrats - via a letter to him last week - to clear up in what areas of potential questioning the President meant to invoke executive privilege.

At a separate hearing in June, Sessions told the Senate Intelligence Committee that he would not disclose his communications with Trump.

Photo Demonstrators in NY last month protesting the Trump administration's decision to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.

Sessions' policy, which he sent to agency heads and US Attorneys this month, does not create new law, but rather interprets how the government should construe the Constitution and existing federal law.

He also claimed that Sessions' slashing of funds is having a harmful impact on community policing in the city. He'll face questions about his swift reversals of Obama-era protections for transgender people and criminal justice policies.

At the beginning of this year, President Donald Trump tweeted, "If Chicago doesn't fix the awful "carnage" going on, ..."

Democratic senators want Sessions to detail his conversations with Trump or announce that Trump is invoking executive privilege to shield them.


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