Donald Trump met Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak during election campaign

Mar 09, 2017, 00:34
Donald Trump met Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak during election campaign

Fifty-five percent said they are concerned about reports people associated with Trump's campaign had contact with Russian operatives.

Mike Flynn, Trump's former national security adviser, was sacked last month for misleading Vice President Mike Pence about his meetings with the Russian envoy.

Tuesday's hearings were called to consider President Donald Trump's nominations of Rod Rosenstein as deputy attorney general and Rachel Brand as associate attorney general, the second and third ranking officials at the US Department of Justice. Sessions was a key adviser to the Trump campaign, and he was also the first senator to endorse Trump.

He defended his answers about Russian contacts to the Senate Judiciary Committee as "correct" in a letter Monday.

The Trump administration has issued more than 20 denials of contact with Russian officials, stretching back to last summer.

During his confirmation hearing, Sessions was asked what he would do if anybody associated with the Trump campaign was found to have contacts with Russian Federation.

"I have been called a (Trump) surrogate a time or two in that campaign and I did not have communications with the Russians", Sessions replied. During the campaign, Trump repeatedly praised Putin, whom he often said he admired as a leader who got things done. Several congressional committees are already looking into aspects of the controversy, which includes the USA intelligence community deeming that Russian Federation was, indeed, behind the hacking of emails belonging to Hillary Clinton campaign aides and the Democratic National Committee. Meeting, apparently briefly, the Russian ambassador wouldn't have been a particularly big deal if Trump didn't make it so by being generally unforthcoming about his dealings and interactions with Russia.

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Kelly, though, said the answer is for families to not begin a journey that could end with the separation of children and parents. The children could apply for protection in the USA even as their parents face deportation, immigrant rights advocates said.

Members from both parties weighed in on the situation.

Even before news of the Sessions-Kislyak meetings rocked Washington, some Democrats were calling for appointment of an independent counsel to parse allegations about Russian Federation and the campaign.

Some Republicans defended Sessions, claiming that the question asked during his confirmation was unclear and that he was only acting as a senator. And Trumps emotional denial of Russian Federation links as “fake news” only made him look guilty in the eyes of critics.

Over the weekend, Trump called for a Congressional investigation into alleged wiretaps performed by the Obama administration, with no credible evidence to support his claims. Sessions has since recused himself from any campaign-related investigations.

This decision seems like the best alternative to resigning from the position.

Mr Flynn lied about the meetings to Vice President Mike Pence and the Federal Bureau of Investigation - and was forced to resign. If the Republican leadership in Congress denies his request for an investigation, he suffers an embarrassing public rebuke.

Kiselyov also suggested that "intransigent radical liberals" who oppose Trump are "plotting a revolution" against the USA president.