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Sessions to be Grilled on Russia & Recusal

by Countable | 6.13.17

In the Senate Intelligence Committee hearing, questions for Jeff Sessions are likely to focus on two issues — Sessions’ contacts with Russian officials and the handling of his related recusal from the ongoing Russia investigation.

In former-FBI Director James Comey’s testimony in front of the Committee last week, he stated two important things regarding the Attorney General. One, in a February 14 meeting Comey testified that President Trump raised the possibility of Comey dropping the criminal investigation of Michael Flynn. Following that meeting, Comey stated that he and the leadership of the F.B.I. decided not to share the details of the president’s statements regarding Flynn with Sessions because they had information suggesting Sessions was going to imminently recuse himself from the Russia investigation. Additionally, Comey asserted there was intelligence he could not discuss in an unclassified hearing that "would make [Sessions] continued engagement in a Russia-related investigation problematic."

What contacts did Sessions have with Russian officials? Were there contacts that he has not yet reported?

The second issue raised in Comey’s hearing that will likely be the focus of committee members is Sessions’ involvement in Comey’s firing. If, as President Trump has stated publicly, Comey was fired over the Russia investigation and Sessions had recused himself, why was he involved in the decision to fire Comey? President Trump has maintained that he consulted both Sessions and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein for input regarding Comey’s dismissal.

Watch a clip of last week’s hearing below where Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR) questions Comey on both these issues. Expect Wyden to return to this testimony in questioning Sessions today.

Join Countable for the livestream of Sessions' testimony at 2:30 PM EDT.

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  • Ticktock
    06/13/2017
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    Sessions has lied and is a loyal vassal of Trump's. He will tell us nothing new certainly nothing to incriminate himself or Trump. It's still the Trump Administration vs Comey. I still believe Comey.

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  • wedensmore
    06/13/2017
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    He's lied under oath before with no consequence. Why wouldn't he do it again? Please replay recording of Cabinet meeting and truly see who he's become.

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  • Jon
    06/13/2017
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    Give him hell! Show Sessions no mercy! Find out for sure how many in the Trump Administration are traitors and grill them mercilessly!!

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  • Sallie
    06/13/2017
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    Do your job. Show us you are Americans. Protect our country.

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  • Audrey
    06/13/2017
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    Perjury then. Perjury now?

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  • FreeToBeMe
    06/13/2017
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    Hoping the Dems/Libs, socialists, whomever they claim to be will finally accept Truth and stop the witch hunt. It's frustrating how they are all letting the Clintons off, the "foundation" the paid foreign speeches by Bill...millions...the Uranium sell to Russia! There's your Russia story! Obama giving 150 billion to Iran secretly!! Iran the largest sponsor of Terror...Saudis money into Foundation that was NOT disclosed but found out by Judicial Watch, IRS targeting conservatives...Benghazi lie, 13 phones,servers,laptops destroyed with government information on them.....there are your Crimes!

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  • Judith
    06/13/2017
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    THE LIEING LITTLE WEASEL SESSIONS, HAS COMMITTED PERJURY !!!! THROW THE DISHONORABLE ATTORNEY GENERAL IN THE GUANTANAMO SLAMMER !!!! NOW !!! ALONG WITH ALL THOSE REPUBLICAN TRAITORS THAT ARE AIDING AND ABETTING THIS TRUMP-RUSSIAN TAKE OVER OF OUR GOVERNMENT !!! THEY ARE WHITE COLLAR TERRORISTS, SO TREAT THEM LIKE YOU LEADERS ENJOY TREATING OTHER TERRORISTS !!! RENDITION THEM TO SOME HELL HOLE !!!!!!

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  • Gail
    06/13/2017
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    Jeff Sessions lied on his application to be Attorney General both factually and by omissions! Watch Al Franken's detailed testimony on this during the nomination hearings. Every Senator who voted for him despite his dishonesty is responsible in part for this cabinet of weakly-charactered ass-kissers who cannot stand up to Trump and, therefore, in their silence, stand with him or for him. I predict Sessions will continue to fabricate and weasel out of this because a leopard doesn't change its spots for stripes. Only an honorable man would own up and we have yet to see one in Trump's chosen. I implore the Congress to reinstate the Special Prosecutor if Trump impulsively fires him and get this investigation honestly and thoroughly done. Stop talking about the Constitution and act to protect it and live by it.

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  • FreeToBeMe
    06/13/2017
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    Representatives, please don't get bogged down with defense of a witch hunt and go forward with true investigations of the OA and the Muslim brotherhood, Uma and her family, Obama Sending Iran money, Clinton Foundation, AG Lynch, Clinton emails, Clinton desecrated phones, servers, laptops. Benghazi, IRS targeting conservatives, Corrupt VA, Iran deal, Clinton Foundation not revealing Saudi donations, Bill Clinton getting millions for speeches after donations to foundations, Lynch and Bill meeting on tarmac, Lynch telling Comey to refer to investigation as a "matter" and he DID! The only way all of this will stop is to go after the real criminals!! Need I go on? We are all extremely frustrated. If you let this and the Leakers as well go, then we are back to a country with no laws....no consequences.

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  • Dave
    06/13/2017
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    The big questions are; is there anyone in the White House not involved with Russia, is there anyone in the White House that does not produce alternative facts and anyone that does not spread fake news?

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  • VSB
    06/13/2017
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    Sessions said he had no contact with Russian intelligence. Well the FBI has some significant concerns about Sessions so I think Sessions cannot be trusted. He would lie and pimp himself out for 45. He is not trust worthy!

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  • JaredThePoet
    06/13/2017
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    Senator Tom Cotton should be reprimanded for his flippant and careless attitude in this hearing. I find his mockery of the investigation as arrogant and opinionated. While HE may not take this seriously, the American people DO and we deserve better than that. To forego his opportunity to ask serious questions, and instead ask about crime novels, insinuating that this committee is investigating a "witch hunt" concerns me greatly.

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  • Marc
    06/13/2017
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    Good, he needs to be accountable.

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  • Carl
    06/13/2017
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    More waste time and money by a bunch of 'losers'! Mr. Sessions is as clean as they get! Unfortunately, all the Democrats and some of the Republicans, Senator McCain are Liberal Socialists who lie to make a living!

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  • Karen
    06/13/2017
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    It's not enough for Sessions to merely recuse himself from the Russian Investigation. He lied under oath . He's either stupid enough to take someone else's word about how to fill out a federal form, or his a piss poor excuse for an attorney that didn't know the law. Either way, he should resign

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  • Vanessa
    06/13/2017
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    Sessions, you are the definition of SCURRILOUS!

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  • John
    06/13/2017
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    I only hope that all here that want the truth about Sessions and his Russian involvement are as interested in finding out more about Hillary's carelessness with classified documents which Comey also indicated Hillary was guilty of. I think its important that we hold ALL of our government officials accountable for their actions regardless of party. To not look at the democratic officials is simply wrong.

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  • James
    06/13/2017
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    The sitting AG just said he hasn't received a classified briefing about Russian hacking. So who's in charge of stopping the next hack?

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  • C
    06/13/2017
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    I think the Russians must give Republicans an amnesia drug when they talk to them No one seems to be able to remember anything about meeting with them.

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  • Nola
    06/13/2017
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    He's killing it.

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