No longer out of bounds: Trump allies question Mueller probe

Posted June 15, 2017

The list of things Mr. Sessions wouldn't discuss on the theory that the president might someday invoke executive privilege about them was long, including whether President Donald Trump told him in advance that he was firing then-FBI director James Comey over his handling of the "Russia thing", whether the president had expressed anger over Mr. Sessions ostensible recusal from Russian Federation investigation-related matters, whether he was surprised when the president threw his and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein's explanations of the Comey firing under the bus and even whether an actual written policy exists for him to recuse himself in situations like the one he confronted Tuesday.

Also June 7, Comey released a seven-page opening statement to the Senate Intelligence Committee.

Sessions was asked about all of this under oath Tuesday by the Senate Intelligence Committee, the lead congressional committee on Russian Federation.

Russia's cyberattack on the US electoral system before Donald Trump's election was far more widespread than has been publicly revealed, including incursions into voter databases and software systems in nearly twice as many states as previously reported.

Jeannie Rhee, who previously served as a deputy assistant attorney general and now works as a partner in the investigations practice at WilmerHale, donated to the Democratic National Committee as well as campaign PACs Obama in 2008 and 2011, and Clinton's campaign in 2015 and 2016.

If you get what Sessions is driving at in his response to Reed, you are a better - and smarter - person than me.

FILE- In this September 6, 2013, file photo, Sergey Kislyak, Russia's ambassador to the US speaks with reporters at the Center for the National Interest in Washington.

Democratic senators expressed frustration with Sessions on several occasions. Comey also said that Sessions did not respond to this complaint.

Comey himself had a riveting appearance before the same Senate panel last week, with some key moments centered on Sessions.

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In the same interview, Trump confirmed that the Russian Federation investigation, which he had called a "taxpayer-funded charade" on Twitter the day before sacking Comey, was on his mind at the time. "If, as the president said, I was sacked because of the Russian Federation investigation, why was the attorney general involved in that chain?" he said.

"It did not violate my recusal", Sessions said of the letter. An order from the president would not necessarily qualify, he said.

Comey said he and other Federal Bureau of Investigation officials expected Sessions to recuse himself before it was publicly announced but would not discuss why they came to that conclusion.

LESTER HOLT: And while all of that was playing out today, the future of Robert Mueller, the special counsel in the Russian investigation has called into question.

Vega seemed to scoff at the Trump administration's defense when they said Ruddy didn't speak with Trump, which was something Ruddy corroborated on MSNBC. If you would like to discuss another topic, look for a relevant article. That position was similar to the one taken at a separate hearing last week by the country's intelligence chiefs.

Rosenstein deflected by saying that it's possible the memo - and therefore the Comey firing - is part of Mueller's investigation and shouldn't be discussed openly.

If Mr Trump instructs Mr Rosenstein to dump Mr Mueller, it would evoke memories of 1973, when two top Justice Department officials, Mr Elliott Richardson and Mr Bill Ruckelshaus, resigned rather than obey then President Richard Nixon's order to fire Mr Archibald Cox, the special prosecutor conducting the Watergate investigation.

Well, it appears that Ruddy was right all along - he pointed out after the fact that the White House never denied the claim - as the New York Times is now reporting that the president has indeed entertained the idea.