Franken, Sessions spar about Russia

Franken, Sessions spar about Russia

Franken, Sessions spar about Russia

In a testy exchange, Franken confronted Sessions about his testimony in January, in which he said he had no communications with Russians. Asked the question by a Democrat during a five-hour Senate hearing, Sessions ultimately punted - saying he'd have to answer later in writing. But he won't say what, specifically, Trump's concerns with Comey were - and in particular, whether Trump was intent on getting rid of Comey to dispel the "cloud" he felt the FBI's investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election had cast over his presidency.

"How your responses morphed from "I did not have any communications with the Russians" to "I did not discuss the political campaign" and then finally going to "I did not discuss interference in the election"-that to me is moving the goal post every time", Franken said".

In a statement on Wednesday, HRC senior vice president for policy and political affairs JoDee Winterhof said: "It's hard to believe that the Attorney General of the United States did not consider all potential ramifications before he signed a sweeping license to discriminate order". "Mr. Attorney General: you're not helping us solve the murder problem in the city of Chicago by taking away these federal funds". While accusing Franken of being "totally unfair to me", Sessions admitted Wednesday it was "possible" that "some comment was made about what Trump's positions were" during his meeting with the ambassador.

During Wednesday's hearing, Franken drilled down on Sessions' slippery explanations.

In a hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee, Sessions confirmed to Sen. Sessions at first told Leahy that he would have to ask Mueller that question, but then later answered the question by saying no.

"No, no, no, you had a long time Senator Franken", Session said, cutting off Franken's interjection.

Sen. Patrick Leahy, a Vermont Democrat, asked Sessions about that, noting that citizenship is at the core of the Trump administration's efforts to impose a travel ban. "I'm not sure I should without clearing that with the special counsel".

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

Members of the committee have told Sessions that they intend to press him on his conversations with Trump, particularly about the firing in May of FBI Director James Comey.

When Session testified before the Senate Intelligence Committee in June, he also cited confidentiality when asked about his role in the administration.

The guidance is just one of a series of moves made by the Trump administration to attack progress on LGBTQ rights.

In his opening statement, Sessions says "the order is lawful, necessary, and we are proud to defend it".

Mr. Sessions is also likely to face questions, at least from Democrats, about how the federal government on his watch has curtailed the Obama-era approach to enforcing antidiscrimination laws, especially protections for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people. Sessions recused himself from that probe, a decision that still frustrates President Donald Trump. But Trump has not formally invoked executive privilege, which might force a legal confrontation between the White House and Congress.

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