Senate Dem Will Try To Block Confirmation Of Jeff Sessions' Deputy

Mar 08, 2017, 00:30
Senate Dem Will Try To Block Confirmation Of Jeff Sessions' Deputy

The Post reached out to the other 26 Senate Armed Services Committee members, where Sessions served, and all 20 who responded, including Chairman John McCain, R-Ariz., said they did not meet with the Russian ambassador previous year.

Sessions' response during the hearing to Franken's question about Russian Federation and President Donald Trump's campaign was demonstrably false, Franken said Tuesday on CNN's "The Lead" with Jake Tapper.

Blumenthal is a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, where Rod Rosenstein will have a hearing Tuesday morning.

Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.), whose question prompted Sessions' misleading testimony in January, posed the exact same question to Rosenstein: If there is evidence of communication between people involved in the Trump campaign and Russian officials or intermediaries, "what will you do?"

"That's a ridiculous response. I've given him the benefit of the doubt, but he has to come back".

That bipartisan confidence may convince a Senate panel on Tuesday to advance his confirmation as the next deputy attorney general, particularly amid trepidation over the White House's relationship with the Russians.

Sessions responded that he himself had not had "communications with the Russians".

But unless Rosenstein goes one step further than his future boss and pledges to appoint a special prosecutor, Sen.

She mentioned the intelligence community's conclusion that Russian Federation conducted an influence campaign during the presidential election.

Questions about the independence of any federal investigation into Russia's interference in the election - and any communications that Donald Trump's affiliates may have had with Russian Federation about this interference - turned what might have been a sleepy confirmation hearing for the justice department's No 2 and No 3 spots into a political battleground. He had to know that his meetings with the Russian ambassador - whatever was discussed - were germane to the questions asked because of the entire controversy over Russian involvement in the US election.

"I'm simply not in a position to answer that", he said.

"Have you ever spoken to the attorney general about the question of Russian contacts with the presidential campaigns?" said Sen.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions participates in a news conference related to a reconstituted travel ban at the U.S. Customs and Borders Protection headquarters, on March 6, 2017 in Washington, DC.

Sessions, who would normally be in charge of the decision, rescued himself from any possible probe into Russia and the election after admitting he misled the Judiciary Committee on his own meetings with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak, whose presence looms large in the Russia affair. Another group of Democrats called on Sessions to resign.

Asked whether he had met with any Russian officials, Mr. Rosenstein said that to his knowledge he had not, "at least not recently".

Sessions twice denied meeting with Russians.

Sessions claims he met with the ambassador only in his capacity on the Armed Services Committee.

He added, "I've bent over backward not to say that he lied".

'And so I would be certain that we had independent investigators to conduct those investigations along with law enforcement agents who are trained to conduct their invests in an appropriate way and comply with the statutes, the regulations, the Constitution and the poliicies of our law enforcement agencies, ' Rosenstein said.

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