Jeff Sessions' Testimony
Yesterday, Attorney General Jeff Session testified before congress, in light of the investigation between Russia and the Trump administration. Suspicion of Russia aiding President Trump’s election campaign has clouded his presidency since the election.
Last week, former FBI director James Comey testified that President Trump was not under investigation, and relayed that message to him on three different occasions. While this appeared to exonerate the administration from the conjecture that they colluded with Russia leading up to the 2016 presidential election, Attorney General Jeff Sessions made himself available for questioning to further clear the minds of American citizens.
During the testimony, Sessions stated he “did not have any private meetings, nor do I recall any conversations with any Russian officials at the Mayflower hotel. I did not attend any meetings at that event separate prior to the speech I attended by the President.” Throughout the testimony, Sessions was consistent with his message that he did not have private contact with any Russian officials.
He received a barrage of questions from senators, including heated exchanges between Democratic senators Kamala Harris (CA) and Ron Wyden (OR).
Senator Wyden inquired about the “problematic” reasons for the recusal of Sessions from the investigation earlier this year, as stated by James Comey last week. Sessions shot back, “There are none! There are none! I can tell you that for absolute certainty. This is a secret innuendo being leaked out there about me, and I don’t appreciate it, and i’ve tried to give my best and truthful answers.” Sessions consistency was not satisfactory for the Oregon senator who claimed his answers did not “pass the smell test.”
Kamala Harris called fellow senators’ previous questions “predictable,” then proceeded to ask, “did you have any communications with Russian officials for any reason during the campaign that have not been disclosed.” Sessions responded in the same fashion as he did to many other similar questions, “I have no memory of that...to the best of my knowledge.”
This was the theme throughout the testimony, Sessions remained firm on his responses, and senators continued to press the same issues. While the line of questioning was “predictable,” as senator Harris stated, the lack of evidence in the investigation so far supports Sessions answers.
Last week, former FBI director James Comey denied evidence involving collusion between the Trump administration and Russian officials. This week, Attorney General Jeff Sessions has testified the same.
You can find the full testimony here: