White House: Trump will not fire special investigator

White House: Trump will not fire special investigator

Republican Sen. Richard Burr of North Carolina and Democratic Sen. "The suggestion that I participated with any collusion, that I was aware of any collusion with the Russian government to hurt this country... is an appalling and detestable lie".

Mueller investigation's appeared to be reaching a broadening circle of current and former officials.

Sessions had one major goal - to protect himself after Comey thrust him into the center of the Russian Federation maelstrom.

On March 1, The Washington Post reported that he met twice with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak during the campaign.

Sessions, testifying under oath before the Senate Intelligence Committee yesterday, denied ever having any conversations with Russians about Russian election meddling - including at an event past year at a Washington hotel that was attended by Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak.

"I am not stonewalling", Sessions replied, saying he was simply following Justice Department policy not to discuss confidential communications with the president.

He's been hounded by speculation over the possibility of a third meeting, with Democratic senators calling for an investigation. He was obviously angry about some of the claims made by James Comey and the "secret innuendo" being thrown against him.

Why? Because he personally recused himself from all things related to the Trump campaign's ties to Russian Federation the day after he was sworn into office.

Trump had expressed the same outrage when Mueller, a former Federal Bureau of Investigation director from 2001 to 2013, was appointed last month by the US Department of Justice to probe Russian meddling.

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In particular, Sessions tamped down Comey's recounting of the February 14 meeting Comey had with Trump - where Trump reportedly asked him stop investigating former national security adviser Michael Flynn.

"You raised your right hand here today and you said you would solemnly swear to tell the truth, the whole truth, and noting but the truth".

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. He said he and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein had long discussed their concerns with Comey's job performance.

Regardless of the outcome, the specter of Mueller examining the possibility of obstruction of justice appeared to be a new blow to Trump, whose first five months in office have been clouded by the federal and congressional probes into the Russian Federation issue.

During the two-and-a-half hour hearing, he engaged in testy exchanges with several senators who pressed him for details on his discussions with Trump - which he refused to provide in the name of confidentiality.

After Comey's testimony in which he acknowledged telling Trump that he was not under investigation, Trump tweeted that he felt "total and complete vindication".

That push-back came from top officials from the party's congressional wing, as well as from administration officials who actually have the legal authority over the special counsel and would need to be involved in any firing.

Aides for Donald Trump think the president "shot himself in the foot" by firing James Comey and ultimately triggering the appointment of special counsel Robert Mueller, the Daily Beast reports.

"He didn't recall this, but I responded to his comment by agreeing that the Federal Bureau of Investigation and Department of Justice needed to be careful to follow department policy regarding appropriate contacts with the White House", Sessions told the panel.

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