Democratic Sen. Ron Wyden of OR aggressively asked Sessions about suggestions arising from Comey's testimony last week that there was something "problematic" about his recusal.
"You raised your right hand here today and said you would solemnly swear to tell the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth", Democratic Senator Martin Heinrich said. Sessions argued that in the context of that hearing, "my answer was a fair and correct response to the charge as I understood it". "You're impeding this investigation".
Comey told the committee in his public testimony last week that he "implored" Sessions to make sure he was never left alone again with the president - but that Sessions did not respond.
Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, June 13, 2017, before a Senate Appropriations subcommittee hearing on the Justice Department's fiscal 2018 budget.
Sessions told senators Tuesday that when Comey approached him about the Oval Office meeting, "he did not tell me at that time any details about anything that was said that was improper".
White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders told reporters later that Trump thought Sessions "did a very good job" and was especially "strong" on denying any collusion between Trump's campaign and Russian Federation. Now you're not answering questions.
The Justice Department has denied that, saying Sessions stressed to Comey the need to be careful about following appropriate policies.
Sessions had come before the committee following reports that he had fallen out of favor with Trump, and that he had offered the president his resignation.
Last week's explosive testimony from Comey raised further questions about the claims that Russian Federation had attempted to interfere in the election, with the ongoing FBI investigation continuing to look into the alleged links.
And while he had recused himself from the Russian Federation probe, Sessions insisted, "I did not recuse myself from defending my honor against scurrilous and false allegations".
Senator McCain is an ex officio member of the committee, and he spoke out of turn to say that "the witness should be allowed to answer the question." Sen.
Executive privilege can be claimed by a president or senior government officials to withhold information from Congress or the courts to protect the executive branch decision-making process.
Sessions refused to say whether he had ever discussed the Russian Federation investigation with Trump, arguing that he could not disclose private communications with the president. "He claimed executive privilege but then denied that he had done so", Ohlin said.
Trump was likely happy that Attorney General Sessions testified like he was U.S. Amnesia General.
Former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort: "I don't have any information that he had done so".
24/7 the lamestream Media advanced a myriad collection of "stories" about Russia's outsized influence on the past election and Donald Trump's colluding with Vladimir Putin to elevate him to power, so that he could be the Kremlin's puppet (or something).
New Mexico Sen. Martin Heinrich accused Sessions of "impeding" the Senate Committee's probe into Trump's possible Russian Federation connections, and appeared to threaten the AG with an obstruction of justice charge.