New York Times: Jeff Sessions Fends Off Senators Pressing Him on Russia and Trump
Attorney General Jeff Sessions offered an indignant defense on Tuesday against what he called “an appalling and detestable lie” that he may have colluded with the Russian effort to interfere in the 2016 election, showcasing his loyalty to President Trump in an often contentious Senate hearing but declining to answer central questions about his or the president’s conduct.
Sounding by turns defiant and wounded, Mr. Sessions, a former senator from Alabama, often infused his testimony with more emotion than specifics. He insisted repeatedly that it would be “inappropriate” to discuss his private conversations with the president, however relevant they might be, visibly frustrating senators who have been conducting their own inquiry into Russia’s election meddling.
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WNU editor: Another typical day in Washington. Those who oppose President Trump are not happy with Attorney General Sessions testimony .... those who support President Trump praised it. What's my take .... when former FBI Director Comey admitted that President Trump was not under investigation .... thereby verifying the tweet that President Trump had posted weeks before .... the end result was the death of the media narrative that Trump colluded with the Russians. Seven months of non-stop Trump - Russia stories .... and all of it ending with a whimper. So what is left for Special Counsel Mueller to investigate .... not much. Thanks to all of the leaks that we have been exposed to over the months and that have been chronicled by this blog .... the ones who are being investigated are Cater Page, Paul Manafort, Michael Flynn, and Jared Kushner. Cater Page, Paul Manafort and Michael Flynn are not in the administration .... so is Jared Kushner enough to justify a Special Counsel .... I do not think so. My prediction .... the media narrative is going to change, and we saw it today during Attorney General Jeff Sessions's testimony. The focus is now going to be on "obstruction of justice" .... and not telling Congress details behind the firing of FBI Director Comey. Special Counsel Mueller will be carrying the water on this one, and the hope will be that he will find something .... anything .... that can be brought to trial. As for the Russia hacking story .... it will continue. Russia, China, North Korea, Israel .... the entire world is trying to hack the computer networks of other nations .... it is a story that deserves to be followed and I expect the news coverage will remain the same. As for the Trump-Russia collusion story .... after following this story non-stop since last year, I am starting to notice that the main stream media is not as focused as they use to be. What may change everything is if "hard evidence" of crimes are found and presented .... but as I have said more than once in the past few months .... wishing and hoping for something is not evidence .... and no evidence of crimes have so far been revealed.
More News On Attorney General Jeff Sessions' Senate Testimony
Sessions heatedly denies improper Russia contacts -- AP
Sessions calls suggestion he colluded with Russia a 'detestable lie' -- Politico
Jeff Sessions denies Russia collusion, defends Comey firing -- FOX News
Sessions angers Democrats with refusal to testify on Trump conversations -- Reuters
Sessions Testimony: Senators Grill Attorney General on Russian Contacts -- NBC
4 takeaways from Jeff Sessions’s feisty testimony to Congress about Russia -- Washington Post