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Attorney General Jeff Sessions has angrily denied that there were problems related to his decision to recuse himself from the FBI's investigation into Russian activities during the election.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions says he never had conversations with FBI Director James Comey about his job performance before Comey's firing.

Testifying publicly before the Senate Intelligence Committee, Sessions confirmed that Comey expressed to him "concern about proper communications protocol with the White House and with the President".

"Attorney General Sessions, you're not answering even though the president hasn't claimed executive privilege and you haven't claimed executive privilege", Colbert said.

Sessions said he recused himself from the Justice Department's Russian Federation investigation only because of a regulation to require the step because of his involvement in the Trump campaign. That's the one that the Federal Bureau of Investigation director, James Comey, alluded to in his open testimony, and he reportedly told senators about it behind closed doors.

Sessions' responses were equally aloof during an earlier portion of the hearing in which Senator Mike Warner, the panel's ranking Democrat, asked whether he had any knowledge of any discussions at DOJ about potentially pardoning Trump's associates. Now, however, some Republicans are suggesting that Mueller ought to be dismissed, pointing to his selection of key investigators who made campaign donations to Clinton.

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Sessions refused to answer some questions saying his conversations with the president were privileged, drawing fire from some Democratic Senators.

Those questions were prompted after a friend of President Donald Trump said the White House was considering firing Mueller.

Register a pause here: right about now, Sessions realizes that McCain isn't doing him any favors, and asks him to repeat the question.

At the same time, Sessions said the USA doesn't have a sufficient strategy to deal with cyberattacks.

"I don't think it's necessary for us to meet (again)", Burr said. Mr. Sessions acknowledged Mr. Trump has not invoked privilege.

In his opening remarks, Sessions stated unequivocally that he had never had any conversations with Russian officials about interference in the 2016 presidential campaign. He did not say he was using executive privilege, but rather adhering to longstanding tradition of Justice Department leaders not revealing private conversations with the president.

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California Sen. Dianne Feinstein appeared puzzled by Sessions' reasoning for not providing more details around the abrupt firing of Comey, asking "How do you view that?"

Sessions said he had no recollection of speaking with Kislyak at the meeting, but said nothing inappropriate would have been discussed if they had met. Sessions also cited Justice Department "longstanding policy" in explaining why he would not answer questions.

In a fiery Senate intelligence committee hearing, Sessions raised his voice in indignation as he rejected claims that he had colluded with Russian officials during the 2016 election as an "appalling and detestable lie".

"If I don't qualify, it you'll accuse me of lying so I need to be correct as best as I can".

"I do not", Sessions said when asked whether he knows whether the president records his conversations. They seem to have collective amnesia about meeting with Russian officials during and after the campaign and only remember when they have been caught.

White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders told reporters later that Trump thought Sessions "did a very good job" and was especially "strong" on denying any collusion between Trump's campaign and Russian Federation.

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