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two senators repeatedly asked the fbi to investigate jeff sessions


two democrats on the senate judiciary committee have asked the fbi since march to investigate attorney general jeff sessions' contacts with russian officials. sens. patrick leahy, d-vermont, and al franken, d-minnesota, made their request known thursday, releasing letters they sent first to fbi director james comey in march and later to comey's successor, acting director andrew mccabe, following comey's dismissal on may 9. sessions, they said, misled them while he delivered testimony under oath at his confirmation hearing before the senate judiciary committee earlier this year when he was asked about his contacts with russian officials. in the first letter on march 20, they asked comey to "investigate all contacts the russian ambassador, or any other russian officials, may have had with at






senators leahy, franken asked comey to investigate ag jeff sessions for possible


cnn reports today that patrick leahy and al franken, two democratic senators on the senate judiciary committee, asked former fbi director james comey to investigate attorney general jeff sessions over concerns sessions may have had an undisclosed private meeting with russian ambassador sergey kislyak. report this ad cnn obtained the letters thursday, sent to comey when he was still head of the fbi, and later, to acting fbi director andrew mccabe. a total of three letters were sent by leahy and franken on this matter, dated march 20, april 28 and may 12. snip from cnn's report: "we are concerned about attorney general sessions' lack of candor to the committee and his failure thus far to accept responsibility for testimony that could be construed as perjury," franken and leahy wrote to comey






hawaiian senators school jeff sessions on their state


hey, jeff sessions: hawaii is a state.        






bipartisan legislation seeks to undermine jeff sessions’ sentencing memo


a bipartisan group of senators are introducing legislation to give federal judges more discretion to impose lower sentences, pushing back on jeff sessions' order.






senators ask fbi to review ag jeff sessions' ties to russia, raise prospect of p


democrats privately pressed the fbi to see whether sessions failed to disclose a meeting with the russian ambassador.        






jeff sessions says he'll recuse himself when it's "appropriate"


attorney general jeff sessions said thursday morning that he would recuse himself from investigations when it’s “appropriate.”“well, i have said that whenever it’s appropriate i will recuse myself, there’s no doubt about that,” sessions told nbc news, following revelations that he had contact with russian ambassador to the u.s. sergey kislyak during the presidential campaign despite not sharing that at his confirmation hearing. “well, i have not met with any russians at any time to discuss any political campaign,” said sessions, a former republican senator from alabama. “and those remarks are unbelievable to me and are false. and i don’t have anything else to say about that.”some democrats like house minority leader nancy pelosi, d-california, are now calling on sessions to resign from his






jeff sessions is in serious trouble


the washington post, in yet another bombshell story, reports:"then-sen. jeff sessions (r-ala.) spoke twice last year with russia's ambassador to the united states, justice department officials said, encounters he did not disclose when asked about possible contacts between members of president trump's campaign and representatives of moscow during sessions' confirmation hearing to become attorney general."one of the meetings was a private conversation between sessions and russian ambassador sergey kislyak that took place in september in the senator's office, at the height of what u.s. intelligence officials say was a russian cyber campaign to upend the u.s. presidential race."during sessions' confirmation hearing, sen. al franken, d-minn., asked him what he would do if it came out that anyon






when jeff sessions demanded a rigorous investigation of bill clinton’s alleged p


on thursday, republicans rep. jason chaffetz and rep. kevin mccarthy joined democrats in calling on attorney general jeff sessions to recuse himself from any official inquiry into ties between the trump campaign and the russian government.already, there were concerns that sessions could not maintain impartiality over such an investigation. these doubts were greatly exacerbated after reports surfaced that sessions had met with russian ambassador sergey kislyak twice in the past year. while it might not be uncommon for senators to meet with top diplomats, sessions failed to disclose the meetings during his confirmation hearings, which some of his critics say is tantamount to perjury.sessions’ office dismissed the allegations and the trump white house denounced them as partisan attacks.ironic






senate moves trump nominee jeff sessions toward confirmation as attorney general


the u.s. senate on tuesday, in a procedural vote, cleared the way for confirming president donald trump’s nomination of senator jeff sessions to be the next attorney general.by a vote of 52-47, the republican-controlled senate agreed to limit debate on sessions. a final vote on confirming him to head the justice department, the nation’s top law enforcement job, is likely sometime this week.sessions, as is the custom for senators voting on their own nominations, cast a vote of “present.”(reporting by richard cowan and david morgan)






sessions says he never gave trump any reason to believe obama wiretapped him


attorney general jeff sessions said wednesday morning that he had not given donald trump any reason to believe that trump tower was wiretapped.a reporter asked sessions if he had suggested to the president that the obama administration had listened in on the trump campaign. in response, sessions seemed to indicate that he had not. the exchange was captured in a pool report, and posted to twitter.q: did you give trump reason to believe he was was wiretapped by obama?jeff sessions: "um, no." pic.twitter.com/nqalqgqhbg— bradd jaffy (@braddjaffy) march 15, 2017






poll says majority of americans want jeff sessions to resign


a majority of voters say attorney general jeff sessions should resign, according to a new poll. the poll, conducted by quinnipiac university, indicated that 51 percent of voters think sessions should step down, versus 42 percent who say he should stay on. the survey came on the heels of news that sessions did not disclose a fall meeting with the russian ambassador during his confirmation hearings. democrats, most notably sen. al franken, have accused sessions of perjury. franken had asked sessions at his confirmation hearing about communications between russia and the trump campaign, to which sessions replied that he had not had contact with the russians. sessions’ defenders say his answer was accurate because he did not talk with the russian ambassador as a campaign surrogate for mr. trum






the latest: sessions cited for 'contradictory' statements


washington — the latest on attorney general jeff sessions' talks with the soviet ambassador (all times local):8:30 a.m.a democratic senator says attorney general jeff sessions should step aside from any role in the justice department's investigation of trump campaign ties to russia.minnesota's al franken tells msnbc's "morning joe" that sessions' statements about his contacts with moscow have been "contradictory."at session's confirmation hearing in january, franken asked the then-alabama senator what he would do if there was evidence that anyone from the trump campaign had been in touch with the russian government during the 2016 white house race.sessions replied he was "unaware of those activities." but the justice department has confirmed that sessions had two conversations with russia'






the latest: warren says attorney general should resign


washington — the latest on attorney general jeff sessions' talks with the soviet ambassador (all times local):10:33 a.m.democratic sen. elizabeth warren joins other democrats in calling for attorney general jeff sessions to resign. she says there should be an independent special prosecutor named to oversee an investigation of russian interference in the u.s. election.warren has clashed repeatedly with president donald trump and senate republicans. the massachusetts senator reacted in a series of tweets to reports that sessions talked twice with russia's ambassador during the presidential campaign, conversations that seem to contradict sworn statements sessions gave to congress during his confirmation hearings.the white house says sessions met with the diplomat in his capacity as a then-u.s






sessions recuses himself from any investigation related to presidential campaign


house majority leader kevin mccarthy, r-calif., shared conflicting views on sessions during back-to-back television interviews thursday. asked whether sessions should recuse himself, he told msnbc's "morning joe," "i think the trust of the american people - you recuse yourself in these situations, yes."but mccarthy later told fox news: "i'm not calling on him to recuse himself. i was asked on 'morning joe' if he needs to recuse himself as going forward. as you just heard, attorney general sessions said he would recuse himself going forward - appropriate, and that's all my answer was."sessions has focused his response to the allegations on the substance of his conversations with kislyak, which he said did not include talk about the campaign.many democrats considered that a direct contradict






jeff sessions spoke with russian envoy during trump campaign


washington – then-sen. jeff sessions, r-ala., spoke twice last year with russia’s ambassador to the united states, justice department officials said, encounters he did not disclose when asked about possible contacts between members of president donald trump’s campaign and representatives of moscow during sessions’s confirmation hearing to become attorney general. one of the meetings was a private conversation between sessions and russian ambassador sergey kislyak that took place in september in the senator’s office, at the height of what u.s. intelligence officials say was a russian cyber campaign to upend the u.s. presidential race. the previously undisclosed discussions could fuel new congressional calls for the appointment of a special counsel to investigate russia’s alleged role in the






as senator, jeff sessions met with russian ambassador during campaign, officials


washington - then-sen. jeff sessions, r-ala., spoke twice last year with russia’s ambassador to the united states, justice department officials said, encounters he did not disclose when asked about possible contacts between members of president donald trump’s campaign and representatives of moscow during sessions’s confirmation hearing to become attorney general.one of the meetings was a private conversation between sessions and russian ambassador sergey kislyak that took place in september in the senator’s office, at the height of what u.s. intelligence officials say was a russian cyber campaign to upend the u.s. presidential race.the previously undisclosed discussions could fuel new congressional calls for the appointment of a special counsel to investigate russia’s alleged role in the 2






jeff sessions used campaign cash for rnc trip where he met russian ambassador fo


attorney general jeff sessions told reporters at a press conference thursday that as a senator, he met with many ambassadors to various countries in an official capacity. however, a wall street journal report revealed that sessions used campaign money to fund his trip to the republican national convention, where he then met in an official capacity, with the russian envoy.similarly, sessions made political statements about donald trump’s presidential campaign while at a heritage foundation event during the gop convention in july. he then met with russian ambassador sergei kislyak.(read more: did trump reverse an obama order last month because he knew there would be a sessions-russia investigation?) senators do meet with ambassadors frequently, but sessions has come under fire this week for






u.s. attorney general jeff sessions did not reveal talks with russian ambassador


washington – then-sen. jeff sessions, r-ala., spoke twice last year with russia’s ambassador to the united states, justice department officials said, encounters he did not disclose when asked about possible contacts between members of president donald trump’s campaign and representatives of moscow during sessions’s confirmation hearing to become attorney general.one of the meetings was a private conversation between sessions and russian ambassador sergey kislyak that took place in september in the senator’s office, at the height of what u.s. intelligence officials say was a russian cyber campaign to upend the u.s. presidential race.the previously undisclosed discussions could fuel new congressional calls for the appointment of a special counsel to investigate russia’s alleged role in the 2






attorney general jeff sessions: senate testimony was 'correct'


attorney general jeff sessions(photo: susan walsh, ap) 896 connectlinkedinemailmorewashington — attorney general jeff sessions asserted monday that his january confirmation testimony to the senate judiciary committee was "correct,'' saying that he did not disclose meetings with the russian ambassador to the united states because he was not specifically asked about them.sessions, who abruptly recused himself last week from overseeing the ongoing federal inquiry into russia's intervention in the u.s. election following the public disclosure of two meetings with russia envoy sergey kislyak, said he always believed that he had answered the committee's questions "honestly'' about trump surrogates' contacts with russian officials."i did not mention communications i had had with the russian ambas






sessions spoke to russian ambassador during campaign — despite telling congress


attorney general jeff sessions (r-al) spoke with russian ambassador sergery kislyak last year and failed to disclose the conversations when asked about possible contacts between president donald trump and russian officials, the washington post reports.according to the post, one of the meetings took place in september, as mounting evidence indicated that russia was attempting to interfere in the u.s. presidential election. another occurred in july. at the time, sessions was a senior member of the armed services committee.sessions has repeatedly refused to recuse himself from the doj investigation into russian interferences and possible ties between the kremlin and trump associates.read the full report at the washington post.






sessions spoke to russian ambassador during campaign — despite telling congress


attorney general jeff sessions (r-al) spoke with russian ambassador sergey kislyak last year and failed to disclose the conversations when asked about possible contacts between president donald trump and russian officials, the washington post reports.according to the post, one of the meetings took place in september, as mounting evidence indicated that russia was attempting to interfere in the u.s. presidential election. another occurred in july. at the time, sessions was a senior member of the armed services committee.sessions has repeatedly refused to recuse himself from the doj investigation into russian interferences and possible ties between the kremlin and trump associates.read the full report at the washington post.






snl’s jeff sessions faces off with al franken to explain why he met with the rus


snl regular kate mckinnon reprised her attorney general jeff sessions impersonation on weekend update, in a face to face meeting with fellow cast member alex moffat playing sen. al franken — and then proceeded to dodge questions once again about meeting with the russians.“always a pleasure to see you, al,” sessions told franken, who replied, “the pleasure is mine. this ordeal has been fun for everyone.”“al and i are actually great friends,” the attorney general explains, adding he took franken whitewater rafting on the chattahoochee river, and that franken taught him about “jew stuff.”turning to sessions’ testimony in his confirmation hearings, sessions explained, “it is true that you caught old ‘brer’ sessions in a liar patch again.”franken then asked sessions to place his hand on a bible






senator hammers jeff sessions over his ‘willful blindness’ to russian interferen


senator patrick leahy (d-vt) said tuesday that his colleague jeff sessions (r-al) was not independent enough to serve as the u.s. attorney general for donald trump.“i have very serious doubts that senator sessions would be an independent attorney general,” he said in the senate judiciary committee while explaining why he was voting against sessions’s confirmation. “let me give you a few reasons why.”leahy said sessions had ignored potential conflicts of interest in the trump administration. “sessions has repeatedly evaded my questions on this topic by claiming that he has “not studied the issue.” he even refused to acknowledge that it is a conflict of interest for a president to have a personal financial stake in the policies pursued by his administration. this is the very definition of a






trump attorney general jeff sessions urged to step aside from russia probe


media captionjeff sessions: the "remarks are unbelievable to me and are false"top republicans are urging attorney general jeff sessions to remove himself from an fbi probe into alleged russian interference in the us election.mr sessions is under fire after it emerged he had met russia's ambassador during the election - despite telling his confirmation hearing he had "no communications with the russians".he has called the accusations against him "unbelievable" and "false".president donald trump said he has "total" confidence in mr sessions.speaking on a trip to an aircraft carrier in virginia, he said he "wasn't aware" mr sessions had held two meetings last year with the russian envoy to the us.asked if he thought america's top prosecutor should recuse himself from the fbi investigation, he






attorney general jeff sessions: senate testimony was 'correct'


attorney general jeff sessions(photo: susan walsh, ap)connectlinkedinemailmorewashington — attorney general jeff sessions asserted monday that his january confirmation testimony to the senate judiciary committee was "correct,'' saying that he did not disclose meetings with the russian ambassador to the united states because he was not specifically asked about them.sessions, who abruptly recused himself last week from overseeing the ongoing federal inquiry into russia's intervention in the u.s. election following the public disclosure of two meetings with russia envoy sergey kislyak, said he always believed that he had answered the committee's questions "honestly'' about trump surrogates' contacts with russian officials."i did not mention communications i had had with the russian ambassador






how much is jeff sessions worth?


after revelations came out wednesday evening that attorney general jeff sessions had spoken to a russian ambassador while on the senate armed services committee last year — but did not disclose that information during his confirmation hearing in january — sessions’ name has dominated the news cycle. but this isn’t the first time he’s been in…






senators ask fbi to review whether ag jeff sessions failed to disclose russia me


democrats privately pressed the fbi to see whether sessions failed to disclose a meeting with the russian ambassador.        






attorney general jeff sessions: senate testimony was 'correct'


attorney general jeff sessions(photo: susan walsh, ap) 2550 connect 1 linkedinemailmorewashington — attorney general jeff sessions asserted monday that his january confirmation testimony to the senate judiciary committee was "correct,'' saying that he did not disclose meetings with the russian ambassador to the united states because he was not specifically asked about them.sessions, who abruptly recused himself last week from overseeing the ongoing federal inquiry into russia's intervention in the u.s. election following the public disclosure of two meetings with russia envoy sergey kislyak, said he always believed that he had answered the committee's questions "honestly'' about trump surrogates' contacts with russian officials."i did not mention communications i had had with the russian a






attorney general jeff sessions: senate testimony was 'correct'


attorney general jeff sessions(photo: susan walsh, ap) 3674 connect 1 linkedinemailmorewashington — attorney general jeff sessions asserted monday that his january confirmation testimony to the senate judiciary committee was "correct,'' saying that he did not disclose meetings with the russian ambassador to the united states because he was not specifically asked about them.sessions, who abruptly recused himself last week from overseeing the ongoing federal inquiry into russia's intervention in the u.s. election following the public disclosure of two meetings with russia envoy sergey kislyak, said he always believed that he had answered the committee's questions "honestly'' about trump surrogates' contacts with russian officials."i did not mention communications i had had with the russian a






attorney general jeff sessions: senate testimony was 'correct'


attorney general jeff sessions(photo: susan walsh, ap) 6164 connect 1 linkedinemailmorewashington — attorney general jeff sessions asserted monday that his january confirmation testimony to the senate judiciary committee was "correct,'' saying that he did not disclose meetings with the russian ambassador to the united states because he was not specifically asked about them.sessions, who abruptly recused himself last week from overseeing the ongoing federal inquiry into russia's intervention in the u.s. election following the public disclosure of two meetings with russia envoy sergey kislyak, said he always believed that he had answered the committee's questions "honestly'' about trump surrogates' contacts with russian officials."i did not mention communications i had had with the russian a






attorney general jeff sessions: senate testimony was 'correct'


attorney general jeff sessions(photo: susan walsh, ap) 7330 connect 1 linkedinemailmorewashington — attorney general jeff sessions asserted monday that his january confirmation testimony to the senate judiciary committee was "correct,'' saying that he did not disclose meetings with the russian ambassador to the united states because he was not specifically asked about them.sessions, who abruptly recused himself last week from overseeing the ongoing federal inquiry into russia's intervention in the u.s. election following the public disclosure of two meetings with russia envoy sergey kislyak, said he always believed that he had answered the committee's questions "honestly'' about trump surrogates' contacts with russian officials."i did not mention communications i had had with the russian a






trump attorney general jeff sessions urged to step aside from russia probe


media captionjeff sessions: the "remarks are unbelievable to me and are false"top republicans are urging attorney general jeff sessions to remove himself from an fbi probe into alleged russian interference in the us election.mr sessions is under fire after it emerged he had met russia's ambassador during the election - despite telling his confirmation hearing he had "no communications with the russians".he has called the accusations against him "unbelievable" and "false".democratic politicians say he misled the hearing and should resign.democratic members of the house judiciary committee have asked the fbi to launch a criminal investigation into whether mr sessions lied to congress and committed perjury.claims of russian interference in the election have dogged president donald trump.will






michael bennet to oppose jeff sessions nomination for attorney general


u.s. sen. michael bennet has announced he will oppose the nomination of u.s. sen. jeff sessions to become u.s. attorney general because of sessions’ past stances on immigration reform and also because he does not believe sessions will protect the civil rights of all americans.“the u.s. attorney general must ensure equal justice under the law, regardless of race, gender or ual orientation,” bennet said in a prepared statement released on friday. “jeff sessions has repeatedly opposed efforts to protect the rights and liberties of all americans. i cannot support his nomination.”like other democrats who have announced opposition to sessions, bennet cited president donald trump’s executive orders issued last week on immigration as part of the reason why he would not support the nomination. for






sen. michael bennet says he will oppose jeff sessions’ nomination for ag – the d


u.s. sen. michael bennet has announced he will oppose the nomination of u.s. sen. jeff sessions to become u.s. attorney general because of sessions’ past stances on immigration reform and also because he does not believe sessions will protect the civil rights of all americans.“the u.s. attorney general must ensure equal justice under the law, regardless of race, gender or ual orientation,” bennet said in a prepared statement released on friday. “jeff sessions has repeatedly opposed efforts to protect the rights and liberties of all americans. i cannot support his nomination.”like other democrats who have announced opposition to sessions, bennet cited president donald trump’s executive orders issued last week on immigration as part of the reason why he would not support the nomination. for






senate to hear from comey; dems raise new sessions questions


washington — james comey, fired last month as fbi director amid a federal investigation into connections between russia and the trump campaign, is set to testify next thursday at a highly anticipated congressional hearing that could shed light on his private conversations with the president in the weeks before his dismissal.the senate intelligence committee announced comey's appearance, and a comey associate said he had been cleared to testify by robert mueller, another former fbi director now overseeing that investigation as special counsel.also on thursday, democrats raised more questions about contacts during the campaign between the russian ambassador to washington, sergey kislyak, and president donald trump's attorney general, former sen. jeff sessions, r-ala.sessions, a close trump a






jeff sessions spoke twice with russian envoy during presidential campaign


attorney general jeff sessions had two contacts with russian envoy sergey kislyak during the presidential campaign, justice department officials confirmed, following a washington post report wednesday.when he was asked in his confirmation hearing whether anyone associated with donald trump’s presidential campaign had communicated with the russians, sessions replied that he wasn’t aware of any such “activities,” and added, “i did not have communications with the russians.” a questionnaire he filled out for the committee also asked whether he had had contact with the russians, to which sessions, according to the post, wrote, “no.”playvideocbsnag sessions not recusing himself from trump-russia investigations cbs news has learned that attorney general jeff sessions is still not recusing himsel






attorney general jeff sessions dismisses hawaii as ‘an island in the pacific’


washington — attorney general jeff sessions spoke dismissively about the state of hawaii while criticizing a u.s. district court ruling last month that blocked the trump administration from carrying out its ban on travel from parts of the muslim world.“i really am amazed that a judge sitting on an island in the pacific can issue an order that stops the president of the united states from what appears to be clearly his statutory and constitutional power,” sessions said this week in an interview on “the mark levin show,” a conservative talk-radio program.sessions’ description of hawaii, where the federal judge who issued the order, derrick k. watson, has his chambers, drew a rebuke from both of the u.s. senators who represent the state. annexed as a u.s. territory in the late 19th century, h






protest shooting suspect takes stand, with more expected on monday


allen scarsella took the witness stand in his own defense late friday to explain why he went to a black lives matter protest in november 2015 and, after a scuffle broke out, ultimately s five people.his testimony was cut short, however, by the end of a day that saw his friend and co-defendant nathan gustavsson testify for several hours, arguing that scarsella s in self-defense. but his testimony also opened him up to what was often blistering questioning from the prosecution. it also revealed a text gustavsson wrote referring to the protest shooting and saying, "we're all guilty in this."gustavsson said in an interview afterward that his decision to testify e after his attorney, family and friends all told him not to. but he said he asked himself if he could live with himself if scarsella