Sessions: I Don't Know If Preemptive Trump Pardons Would Be Appropriate


Sessions recused himself from that probe, a decision that still frustrates President Donald Trump, who subjected him to a solid week of blistering public criticism this summer.

During testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Wednesday, Attorney General Jeff Sessions stated the United States isn't doing enough to prepare for future information interference by Russian Federation and other countries.

"Sessions has presided over a series of Justice Department reversals - from police oversight and voting rights litigation to protections for the LGBT community". Kislyak's interactions with Trump's former national security adviser Michael Flynn led to Flynn's firing, according to the Justice Department in March.

In his opening statement, Sessions rebuffed the panel's Democrats, who had written the attorney general regarding potential assertions of executive privilege.

Sessions answered, "Probably not".

Last week, the Democratic senators on the committee sent a letter to Sessions, warning him that they expected he "will answer members' questions fully and truthfully" or invoke the privilege.

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"The answer's no", Sessions said.

Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) asked Sessions if he's been interviewed or asked to be interviewed by special counsel Robert Mueller in connection with the firing of former FBI director James Comey, the Russian investigation or his own contact with Russian officials. Sessions said the president is entitled to have private, confidential communications with his Cabinet officials. Sessions said he had "never heard of an investigator" declaring the closing of an investigation as Comey did, and that he was particularly concerned that Comey said he would do it again.

In testimony before the Senate Intelligence Committee probing questions of Russian interference in last year's election, Sessions said that he and Deputy Atty. Gen.

Sessions met a year ago with top Russian diplomat Sergey Kislyak in Washington.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions told the Senate Judiciary Committee on Wednesday that he hasn't been interviewed by the special counsel handling the investigation into Russia's interference in the 2016 presidential election.

Mueller has been investigating potential coordination between the Trump campaign and Russian Federation to influence the outcome of the 2016 presidential election.