Special counsel investing Trump for possible obstruction of justice

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"There are none - I can tell you that for absolute certainty", he continued, adding that he doesn't appreciate "secret innuendo" being leaked about him.

He did, however, mention he would renegotiate if there was a fair agreement for the American people. He meant Sessions had no legal right to refuse to answer the committee's questions. Sens. Al Franken of Minnesota and Patrick Leahy of Vermont have sought an FBI investigation.

But Sessions' testimony highlighted his decidedly dishonorable collusion with President Trump in the clumsy attempt to cover up the real reasons for firing FBI Director James Comey last month.

However, Trump reportedly blamed Sessions for recusing himself, repeatedly telling aides he did not see the need for Sessions' recusal and that it had led to a special prosecutor being appointed.

The details of a February 14 Oval Office meeting, where Sessions and other top aides left the room and Trump talked to Comey alone.

In his Senate testimony last week, Comey questioned Sessions' involvement in his dismissal, citing the recusal.

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Sessions, a former senator from Alabama and an early supporter of Trump's election campaign, is the most senior government official to testify to the committee on the Russian Federation issue. "I am not stonewalling", he responded stoutly. "It's my judgment that I was sacked because of the Russian Federation investigation", Comey said.

Instead, Sessions declined to answer specific questions due to Justice Department policy, and on the grounds that he was preserving for Trump the ability to raise the executive privilege shield in this matter if he so desires.

Sessions gave his testimony in front of the Senate Intelligence Committee and claimed that all the accusations against him were a lie.

Executive privilege is a power that can be claimed by a president or senior executive branch officials to withhold information from Congress or the courts to protect the executive branch decision-making process.

Still, Comey's testimony did little to affect Trump's approval rating. "Further, I have no knowledge of any such conversations by anyone connected with the Trump campaign", Sessions said.

"Any suggestion that I participated in, or was aware of, collusion with the Russians is an appalling and detestable lie".

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Sessions is the most senior member of Trump's administration caught up in the Russian Federation controversy.

Sessions said he did not have any private meetings and could not recall any conversations with any Russian officials at the hotel but did not rule out that a "brief interaction" with Kislyak may have occurred there. Sessions declared that he was supporting Trump during a rally in a football stadium, just two days before the crucial Super Tuesday primary where a dozen other states were to vote.

Democrats also tried to play a rather absurd game of what-if by speculating what role Sessions would have in an alleged attempt to fire Robert Mueller, the special counsel who will be considering any possible improprieties by the White House regarding the Russian hacking investigation.

"I am not stonewalling", Sessions said. His disinterest matched the disinterest the entire Trump administration has shown in US intelligence agencies finding that Russian Federation hacked the 2016 election, and continues to try to interfere in elections here and overseas.

Sessions repeated that he did not hold an undisclosed meeting with Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak at a speech by then-candidate Trump at the Mayflower Hotel in Washington past year. Fifty-eight percent of Democrats said Comey hurt Trump, while 28 percent of Republicans shared the same opinion.

Sessions confirmed under oath that ex-FBI Director Comey expressed unease about being called in to talk alone with Trump.

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