He said he's always given a "good-faith response" to questions about Russian interference in the US election, and he said it's not fair for Franken to suggest otherwise.
Sessions didn't answer. Instead, he asserted he "conducted no improper discussions with Russians at any time regarding a campaign or any other item facing this country", and made a show of getting indignant about Franken's line of questioning. But Sessions said the errors of Comey's handling of the Clinton email case can't be overstated. For example, Sessions refused to say whether or not he had been asked for an interview by Special Counsel Robert Mueller, saying he "will check and let you know".
"Mr. Chairman, I don't have to sit in here and listen to his charges without having a chance to respond", Sessions said to Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Sen.
So the Deputy Attorney General Rosenstein, who's got, what, 27 years in the Department of Justice, Harvard graduate, served for eight years, as USA attorney on the, under President Obama and four years under President Bush, he said that was a usurpation of the position of the Department of Justice, that position.
'Under the administration of both parties, it is well established that a president is entitled to have private, confidential conversations with with his cabinet officials, his secretary of state, his secretary of defense, his secretary of treasury, and certainly his counsel and the attorney general of the united states who provides counsel, ' he said, reading from prepared remarks.
During a Senate hearing Wednesday, Sen.
While Mr Sessions suggested that Mr Comey was ousted because of the Clinton email case, Mr Trump said he was thinking of "this Russian Federation thing" when he chose to ax his Federal Bureau of Investigation chief.
"I don't think so", was all he could get from Sessions, who added, after another round back and forth, "I am perfectly willing to answer to the special counsel in any way". Sessions at first told Leahy that he would have to ask Mueller that question, but then later answered the question by saying no.
On Wednesday, Mr Sessions said he couldn't recall discussing any details about the campaign with Mr Kislyak, although there may have been some comments made about Mr Trump's positions.
Sen. Patrick Leahy, a Vermont Democrat, asked Sessions about that, noting that citizenship is at the core of the Trump administration's efforts to impose a travel ban.
Earlier in the hearing, Sessions signaled that he was going to disregard a request previously issued by committee Democrats - via a letter to him last week - to clear up in what areas of potential questioning the President meant to invoke executive privilege.
When Session testified before the Senate Intelligence Committee in June, he also cited confidentiality when asked about his role in the administration.
He defended Trump's immigration order. Earlier this year, the administration attempted to limit federal grants to "sanctuary cities" such as Chicago, which protect undocumented immigrants from deportation provided they have not committed serious crimes. "It is a lawful necessary order that we are proud to defend". He'll face questions about his swift reversals of Obama-era protections for transgender people and criminal justice policies.