On Tuesday, June 13, 2017, Attorney General Jeff Sessions testified that he had no dealings with the Russians concerning the presidential race.
Sessions gave his testimony in front of the Senate Intelligence Committee and claimed that all the accusations against him were a lie. He was accused of “stonewalling” people who had questions about his dealings with, not only, the Russians, but his involvement with the firing of former FBI director, James Comey.
Sessions claimed that he was not stonewalling anyone, rather, following the Department of Justice’s policies of the past. Although he did admit to playing a part in firing Comey, he defended his decision to fire him and said he did not know exactly what was going through Trump’s mind that made him come to his final decision of firing Comey. However, he still left the question unanswered of whether or not his role in firing Comey had anything to do with keeping Trump’s confidence.
Sessions kept his cool, even while being bombarded with questions about his involvement. However, this frustrated Democratic senators because they felt they were not getting answers from him.
Oregon Senator, Ron Wyden was particularly upset, saying that Americans want their questions answered without being told they are “off-limits,” and unavailable to them. Sessions heard this, yet he still refused to answer any questions about direct conversations with Trump.
Queries also included Sessions’ interactions with Trump on February 14, when he was asked to leave the room so Comey could have a private talk with the president. Instead, he spoke briefly on his conversation with Comey about the situation and says he recused himself from situations concerning his interactions and dealing with Russians and Trump.
No matter how many angles were tried, no one could get a straight answer from Sessions. He went in circles with his words and refused to be straightforward.
Written by Trinity Oglesby
Edited by Cathy Milne
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