"I recused myself from any investigation into the campaigns for President, but I did not recuse myself from defending my honor against scurrilous and false allegations", Sessions said.
As attorney general, Sessions is unlikely to answer in detail questions about conversations he's had with Trump. He says Comey should have talked to Boente, especially if he had concerns about Sessions staying involved in the Russian Federation investigation.
Mr Sessions is likely to face tough questioning from Senate Intelligence Committee members over his dealings with Russian officials during the campaign and whether he had a role in the firing of former Federal Bureau of Investigation director James Comey, who testified last week before the same panel. "Yet you participated in the firing of Mr. Comey over his handling of that same investigation". Graham also asked him if it would be a disqualifier to have worked for Hillary Clinton, who ran against President Donald Trump in the election and was a subject of a separate Justice Department investigation into her email practices.
The FBI, he noted, doesn't decide prosecution policies. He stated his concerns that Trump would lie about their interactions and insinuated that there were more connections between Sessions and Russian Federation than are now known to the public. Brian Schatz about the scope of Sessions' recusal, Rosenstein said Sessions "actually does not know what we're investigating, and I'm not going to be talking about it publicly".
Sessions himself no longer can rely on support from the institution in which he served for 20 years.
Then, Sessions paused a second, before dialing up his response.
US Attorney General Jeff Sessions testifies before Congress Tuesday in another point of high drama regarding the Russian Federation election meddling probe, under pressure to explain his role in the scandal battering President Donald Trump's administration.
However, Sessions did testify he could "say with confidence" that he would not take any action in a potential firing of Mueller because of his recusal from the Russian probe.
Session: "I recused myself not because of any asserted wrongdoing on my part during the campaign, but because of a Dept. of Justice regulation, 28 CFR 45.2 required it". Days after that, Sessions also corrected his confirmation hearing testimony to inform the committee about the two meetings with Kislyak.
The announcement caps the drama that started over the weekend when Sessions canceled two appearances Tuesday, citing former Comey's blistering testimony last week.
Maybe Democrats haven't brought up the question, "because Jim Comey said last week, as he said to Donald Trump, that three times he assured him that he is not under investigation". The Justice Department has denied that, saying Sessions stressed to Comey the need to be careful about following appropriate policies. He added that he stepped aside because Justice Department rules prevent such a conflict of interest. US officials have said since December that the Kremlin interfered in the 2016 election so President Donald Trump could win.
What was Sessions' involvement with candidate Trump's foreign policy team and possible interactions with Russians? Kamala Harris of California was cut off again while questioning Attorney General Jeff Sessions. But he denied reports that he had a third, previously undisclosed meeting with Kislyak at the Mayflower Hotel in Washington in April 2016.
"It simply did not occur to me to go further than the context of the question and list any conversations I may have had with Russians in routine situations, as I had with numerous other foreign officials".