Published: Wed, October 18, 2017
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

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

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

Al Franken Wednesday that he had no "improper discussions" with the Russians in a tense exchange during the attorney general's hearing with the Senate judiciary committee Wednesday.

After bringing up that Sessions had previously refused to say whether he had discussed potential pardons for people implicated by the Russian Federation investigation, Sen.

After the discussion turned to misinformation campaigns, Sessions stated, "Well, the misinformation campaign is something that I'm not sure we're at the bottom of yet". I'm not studied it.

"That calls for a communication I've had with the president and I believe it remains confidential", Sessions said. He later added that he would look into it and follow up with a written response to the committee.

Sessions was also asked about his conversations with then-Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak during last year's presidential campaign.

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President Obama I think probably did sometimes and maybe sometimes didn't. "I do a combination of both". Former Obama aides are already calling the president's comments blatant lies.

Sessions, speaking Wednesday before the Senate Judiciary Committee, said he won't disclose his private conversations with Trump, citing longstanding Justice Department policy against the practice. He said he could not waive executive privilege.

In a testy exchange with Vermont Democratic Senator Patrick Leahy during a congressional hearing, Sessions made the acknowledgement after initially expressing some reservations about whether he should discuss whether he has been interviewed or received an interview request to discuss the firing of former FBI Director James Comey, the Russian investigation or Sessions' own prior meetings with Russian officials.

Feinstein pressed him during her line of questioning anyway, asking what his designated role was in Comey's firing. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., asked Sessions whether he discussed the threatened lawsuit with the Texas attorney general before President Donald Trump ended the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. "For the first time I'm aware of in all of my experience. a major case in which DOJ prosecutors were involved in an investigation that an investigative agency announced the closure of an investigation". 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.

"Not being able to recall what you discussed with him is very different than saying, "I have not had communications with the Russians, '" Franken said".

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