Grassley Calls Out Franken for a 'Gotcha Question' to Sessions

Mar 08, 2017, 00:29

"I do not recall any discussions with the Russian ambassador, or any other representative of the Russian government, regarding the political campaign on these occasions or any other occasion", the AG said.

Grassley then turned to Rosenstein and Rachel Brand, who is Trump's nominee for associate attorney general and is also being questioned today.

The incendiary and salacious "dossier" by a former British intelligence official on Trump's involvement with Russian Federation was completely unverified, but US authorities were prepared to pay the man who wrote it.

President Trump got to know Russian President Vladimir Putin "very well", but he doesn't "know Putin". No wonder a recent USA TODAY/Suffolk University Poll found that a majority of Americans believe an outside, independent investigation is needed into the escalating controversy. This was the same lapse that brought down former national security adviser Michael Flynn, and it underlines broader questions about the opaque relationship between Trump and the regime of Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions makes a statement on issues related to visas and travel, Monday, March 6, 2017, at the U.S. Customs and Border Protection office in Washington.

Sessions can not confirm the investigation he recused himself from exists or will exist in the future. Democrats insisted that last week's recusal by Attorney General Jeff Sessions from the Russian Federation probe did not go far enough to ensure the absolute independence of the probe.

When he was a United States attorney, his office also led the leak prosecution of Thomas Drake, the former National Security Agency official who pleaded guilty to a minor misdemeanor after more serious charges of mishandling documents were dropped. Thoughtful. No-nonsense. And, perhaps of most interest to some Democrats, apolitical.

Reports that Sessions met with the Russian ambassador twice during the campaign sparked a storm of demands last week on Capitol Hill for the former US senator from Alabama to recuse himself from the investigations or resign.

Rosenstein is widely seen as a much-needed force of stability in the current administration.

"My question was not answered honestly", Franken said Tuesday, as Rosenstein, Sessions' likely deputy, listened. "Because whatever he decides to do, he's not going to be afraid of any political ramifications".

"A few minutes before he made those remarks, Mr. Trump met at a VIP reception with Russia's ambassador to the U.S., Sergey Ivanovich Kislyak".

But unless Rosenstein goes one step further than his future boss and pledges to appoint a special prosecutor, Sen.

Republican Senator Lindsey Graham of SC asked Rosenstein if he knew of any way that Obama could have ordered a wiretap without a court's approval. "If not, he won't", White says. Even so, the inquiry has disrupted the early weeks of Trump's administration.

The Bush appointee recently garnered headlines in Baltimore when he announced corruption charges against seven police officers on charges of racketeering, including extortion and robbery. Congress has options, including establishing a special congressional committee or an independent commission and naming a special prosecutor to conduct a probe of how Russian Federation attempted to sway the election results. Rosenstein said he did not know of any. "For the good of the country, Attorney General Sessions should resign".

Beyond intellect, Trusty says Rosenstein is a powerful presence in court, as he learned when they tried a case together around 2000. It just flowed perfectly off his tongue. And she rejected the request, ' Rosenstein noted.

Brian Frosh, Maryland's attorney general, wrote that Rosenstein would be an "outstanding" deputy attorney general, and the Democrat urged the committee to support the nomination.