"A black woman can't question a white attorney general?" he wrote.

A loose relationship with the facts has also plagued Team Trump in the White House.

Sessions lent his support to the special counsel, Robert Mueller, who is now in charge of the Trump campaign-Russia investigation.

Sessions has been under political fire as he recused himself from the investigation, and then in May, fired FBI director James Comey.

House Speaker Paul Ryan said that Trump deserves a pass for strong-arming Comey because "the president is new at this" in Washington and he's "learning as he goes".

Sessions denied all of it and shielded his boss from any potential damage.

When Wyden accused him of not answering the questions about Comey's reported remark that his behavior after recusing himself from the Russian Federation probe was "problematic", Sessions chuckled and then launched into his most theatrical defense of his actions.

Sessions' legal rationale for his silence was muddled, at best, and deliberate interference at worst, something Democrats accused him of. Republicans were mostly noncombative, if not friendly to Sessions Tuesday, maybe none more so than Sen.

In addition, Comey has said Sessions did not respond when he complained that he did not want to be left alone with Trump again. "You're impeding this investigation", Heinrich said. There are none! I can tell you that for absolute certainty. I believe everyone else did depart and Director Comey was standing in front of the president's desk and they were talking.

Sessions shot back: "I am not stonewalling". "I'm following the policies of the Department of Justice", which he said included protecting the confidentiality of conversations with the president. Much of the government seems bogged down in litigating the Russian Federation controversy and unusual happenings in the Oval Office, where the half-life of presidential confidences has never been shorter.

Democrats on the Committee, and their allies, must have forgotten that for eight years during the Obama administration, they championed the independence of the executive branch, executive privilege, the confidentiality of executive branch communications, and the power of the executive branch to resist congressional investigations. "That's the president's prerogative".

Sessions raised his voice in protest when asked what those reasons were. "The executive privilege is not waived by going in camera or in closed session". "Back home, no one asks". Kamala Harris (D-CA) was interrupted and reprimanded by two male senators while questioning a witness.

FRANKEN: Well, I would ask the chairman to ask him to do it and if he refuses to do it, to make him come before us. And all of it probably made Sessions' boss very happy. Sessions' other goal in recommitting to the "Clinton emails" version of Comey's dismissal is that he needed to defend himself: After all, hadn't Sessions violated his pledge to recuse himself from the Russian Federation investigation by playing a decisive role in firing the person overseeing it? She added that Sessions "in particular was very strong on the point that there was no collusion between Russian Federation and the Trump campaign". He said he couldn't "recall" 18 times. He said that he had opposed the Iraq war when he hadn't; he lied about his stances on climate change and the national debt; he lied about various insults he had hurled at women; he lied about who had endorsed him; he lied about how much money his father had given him over the years, and on and on. He described Mueller as operating independently from the Justice Department in his investigation. "Further, I have no knowledge of any such conversations by anyone connected with the Trump campaign", Sessions said. "It was an important issue". Flynn had resigned the previous day, and Trump, Comey alleged, said "I hope you can see your way clear to letting this go, to letting Flynn go". But he said essentially that he was flustered by a question from Sen.

In general, as with most of the Russia-related hearings conducted by Congress, it was a tale of two parties.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions testified before the Senate Intelligence Committee Tuesday, fiercely maintaining he did nothing wrong in meeting twice with the Russian ambassador to the USA during President Trump's 2016 campaign and also infuriating Democrats by refusing to detail any conversations he has had with the president. John McCain - Sessions explained his hedging.

Steve Vladeck, a constitutional law professor at the University of Texas School of Law, said that Sessions' responses on Tuesday struck him as "incoherent".

But Comey was kept on for months after they were both confirmed.

Trump's decision to fire Comey, a move recommended by Sessions despite having already recused himself from the Russian Federation probe, prompted critics to charge that the president was trying to interfere with a criminal investigation.

He had already admitted to meeting Kislyak twice previous year.

"It's conceivable that that occurred", Sessions said.

Tillerson said the Department of State was continuing "to have discussions" with North Korea about the release of other three American citizens imprisoned there.

Sessions was critical of the investigation, but seemingly only because it didn't "get to the bottom" of what happened. Sessions wanted people put under oath. "They are not acting like a group of people with nothing to hide".

"It did not violate my recusal", Sessions told the Senate panel.

Rosenstein said that if the president ordered him to fire the special counsel handling the Russian Federation investigation, he would only comply if the request was "lawful and appropriate". A memorandum was prepared by the deputy attorney general, who evaluated his performance and noted some serious problems with it.

Barely a month after Trump dismissed Comey, rumors have been circulating that he may yet seek to sack Robert Mueller, the special counsel appointed following the FBI chief's ouster to head the agency's Russian Federation investigation.