WASHINGTON, DC - JUNE 13: Attorney General Jeff Sessions is sworn-in prior to testifying before the Senate Intelligence Committee on June 13, 2017 in Washington, DC. The nation’s chief law enforcement officer was expected to face sharp questioning on his prior contacts with Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak and his involvement in the firing of FBI director James Comey. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)
Photo: Win McNamee
Photo: Win McNamee

Highlights of Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ testimony

U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions testified for two and a half hours on Tuesday before the U.S. Senate Intelligence Committee.

Here are seven highlights:

1. Sessions declined to answer multiple questions regarding his conversations with President Donald Trump, particularly about the firing of former FBI director James Comey, saying he wanted to preserve the president’s right to exert executive privilege about private conversations.

“I am not stonewalling,” Sessions said.

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2. He also repeatedly responded that he could not recall certain things, including when asked by U.S. Sen. Kamala Harris, D-California, if he knew of any collusion between the campaign and the Russians.

“I don’t recall it, at this moment,” Sessions said.

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3. Sessions has acknowledged having two meetings with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak that he initially did not reveal during his confirmation process. He later corrected himself. Was there a third, previously undisclosed meeting with Kislyak, this one at a Trump reception at the Mayflower Hotel?

“I do not have any recollection of meeting or talking to the Russian ambassador or any other Russian officials,” Sessions said.

4. Did he heard even a “whisper” of collusion between the Trump campaign and Russians?

“I did not. I would have been shocked,” he said. “I would have known it was improper.”

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5. Sessions said any suggestion he participated in collusion with the Russians is “an appalling and detestable lie.”

“It’s just like through the looking glass. I mean what is this? I explained how in good faith I had not met with Russians.” Sessions said.

6. If President Trump or someone else made recordings of conversations at the White House, would there be an obligation to preserve them?

“I don’t know, Sen. Rubio. Probably so.”

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7. Session was asked about a report that Trump is considering firing Special Counsel Robert S. Mueller III, who heads the Russia probe.

“I have confidence in Mr. Mueller but I am not going to discuss any hypotheticals.”

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