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Top 8 lines from Jeff Sessions' hearing

Sessions said they had decided, even before they were confirmed for their positions at the Justice Department, that they needed to remove Comey because the Federal Bureau of Investigation needed a "fresh start".

Sessions said it would be "absurd" to suggest that a recusal from a single investigation would render him unable to manage the leadership of the FBI.

"My comments encouraged him to do just that and indeed, as I understand, he did".

"I affirmed his concern that we should be following the proper guidelines of the Department of Justice". He said he never met with, or had conversations with, Russians about election interference. Al Franken, D-Minn., about an alleged "continuing exchange of information during the campaign between Trump's surrogates and intermediaries for the Russian government", and that is why he claimed wrongly that he had not met with Russians.

He has been dogged by questions about possible additional encounters with the ambassador, Sergey Kislyak ever since. "It would be premature for me to deny the president a full and intelligent choice about executive privilege", he said. "Attorneys general of the past did not cower at the request of Congress to fulfill its constitutional oversight responsibilities".

That includes a relationship with an elected official or candidate.

The attorney general went on to deny there were "issues" with his recusal that were "problematic".

Hitting out at "scurrilous and false accusations" over his decision, Mr Sessions said he had "dedicated myself to the highest standards".

Sessions continued to insist that he could both recuse himself from the FBI's Russian Federation investigation and support the dismissal of James Comey as the FBI director.

In a letter Saturday to Sen.

He also declined to say if Trump opposed Sessions' decision to recuse himself from the Russian Federation probe in March, and whether Justice Department officials discussed possible presidential pardons of individuals being looked at in the probe. But many Democrats have accused Sessions of misleading the Senate Judiciary Committee during his January confirmation hearing.

Comey testified last week before the Senate Intelligence Committee in a highly anticipated hearing in which he said he believed he had been directed to end an investigation into former national security advisor Michael Flynn. "If there were not good cause, it wouldn't matter to me what anybody says". Instead, he sent Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein in his place, which Sen. In fact, Sessions went to great lengths to make his appearance nearly a homecoming.

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'It probably would have been better and would have been consistent with the rules of the Department of Justice to never have talked about the investigation to begin with, ' he added.

Speaking at a news conference, Ryan said he knows Mueller and his team and has confidence in his investigation.

"As such", he said, "I have no knowledge about this investigation, as it is ongoing today, beyond what has been publicly reported".

With that he told the senators he did play an active role in the decision to remove Comey.

In a hearing before the Senate Intelligence Committee, Attorney General Jeff Sessions refused to answer questions about conversations he had with the president at least seven different times. Trump could recommend to the Justice Department that the special counsel be fired.

"No", Comey said. "Not with President Trump". "I stretched my-wracked my brain to make sure I could answer any of these questions properly", he said.

Senators will surely ask Sessions about these threads and others, but it is not clear how forthcoming he will be.

Feinstein was not satisfied. Martin Heinrich, D-N.M., questions Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, June 13, 2017.

Legal experts said there was some merit to Sessions' argument.

"I'm not able to invoke executive privilege, that's the president's prerogative", Sessions said. I am asking when you knew ...

- Sessions said he trusted Comey to do his job well, and that's why he didn't get involved when Comey expressed concern about the president interfering in the FBI investigation. "Americans don't want to hear that answers to relevant questions are privileged or off limits", said Wyden.

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