In Sessions hearing, GOP senators sought truth, Dems sought to hit Trump

Ousted FBI director James Comey listens during a hearing before the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence on Capitol Hill

SHAPIRO: Beyond his explanation for that particular remark, were there things you learned from today's hearing that you think could be important to the investigation? But he refused to discuss the reports "because I know nothing about the investigation".

"No", said Sessions, followed by a giggle and laughter in the audience.

Russian Federation has denied any such interference, and Trump has denied any collusion by his campaign with Moscow.

Democratic Sen. Ron Wyden of OR asked Sessions about suggestions arising from Comey's testimony last week that there was something "problematic" about his recusal. "Americans don't want to hear that answers to relevant questions are privileged". The Justice Department has denied that, saying Sessions stressed to Comey the need to be careful about following appropriate policies.

The Justice Department subsequently released decades-old memos from its Office of Legal Counsel that it said supported Sessions' position.

As attorney general, Sessions is unlikely to answer in detail questions about conversations he's had with Trump.

In a February meeting, Comey said, Trump told Sessions and other administration officials to leave the room before asking him to drop a probe into former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn's contacts with Russian Federation.

As multiple investigations into Russian involvement in the 2016 elections hang like a cloud over Washington, the current United States political drama often reads like a spy novel.

The testimony by Sessions marked the latest chapter in a saga that has dogged Trump's first five months as president and distracted from his domestic policy agenda including major healthcare and tax cut initiatives. The contents of alleged transcripts of alleged conversations between Mr. Flynn and Mr. Kislyak, the contents of President Trump's phone calls with Australian and Mexican leaders, the content of Mr. Trump's meetings with the Russian foreign minister and the ambassador, the leak of Manchester bombing - the Manchester bombing suspect's identity and crime scene photos and last week within 20 minutes of this committee meeting in a classified setting is with Jim Comey, the basis of Mr. Comey's innuendo was. "Further, I have no knowledge of any such conversations by anyone connected to the Trump campaign", he added.

"The suggestion that I participated in any collusion, that I was aware of any collusion with the Russian government, or hurt this country which I have served with honor for 35 years, or to undermine the integrity of our democratic process, is an appalling and detestable lie", Sessions said. I explained how in good faith I said I had not met with Russians, because they were suggesting I as a surrogate had been meeting continuously with Russians.

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Kimmel was annoyed at how long the session felt because Sessions "dodged nearly every interesting question that he was asked", so he chose to spice it up by pairing Sessions' audio with "Looney Tunes" for a "testimony the whole family can enjoy".

"But what he did see and what he heard - he thought that Attorney General Sessions did a very good job, and, in particular, was very strong on the point that there was no collusion between Russian Federation and the Trump campaign".

"I've watched that video so many times", said Flores.

In his dramatic appearance before former colleagues, Sessions also contradicted a contention made by former FBI Director James Comey at a hearing before the same panel last week. Sessions had written a letter to Trump recommending Comey's firing.

The attorney general stepped aside from the Justice Department probe into Russian meddling in the campaign on March 2, the day after The Washington Post reported on two previously undisclosed meetings with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak.

He's been hounded by speculation over the possibility of a third meeting, with Democratic senators calling for an investigation.

Wyden asked Sessions about his recusal from the investigation and his role in Comey's dismissal.

According to CNN, he repeatedly declined to go into his private conversations with President Donald Trump - frustrating Democrats who accused him of "stonewalling" to shield the administration.

Kamala Harris, who was interrupted while questioning the attorney general.

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