In balancing his campaign and Senate duties, Sessions was forced to thread a very fine needle, especially after a Dear Colleague letter was issued by the Senate Ethics Office in April, reminding members that it was illegal to use Senate office resources-office space, phones, emails, staffers' time-to aid a presidential campaign.
Such a move would be complicated and potentially politically explosive. Meanwhile Senate Republicans on the committee will likely try and discredit Comey's testimony by trying to get Sessions to refute numerous most damaging claims made by the former Federal Bureau of Investigation director last week.
Sessions in March stepped aside from the federal investigation into contacts between Russian Federation and the presidential campaign after acknowledging that he had met twice a year ago with Kislyak. He met with Kislyak twice while he was a US senator. They say he did not mislead Congress because the encounters were part of his job as a senator, not as a Trump campaign surrogate.
The tool covers discussions with the president, Bahar noted, and could be used to protect discussions of Comey's firing and questions about the President's request to Comey to drop the Flynn investigation.
Asked about Trump's own contention that the president fired Comey with the Russian Federation probe in mind, and regardless of any recommendation from anyone else, Sessions said: "I guess I'll just have to let his words speak for themselves".
Comey brought Sessions's meetings back into the spotlight last week when he told the Senate that there were even more meetings between Sessions and Kislyak. "The Department must be in a position to use all laws available to combat the transnational drug organizations and risky drug traffickers who threaten American lives", Sessions wrote. Trump could recommend to the Justice Department that the special counsel be fired.
The Trump administration and some of the right-wing media are creating a "Putinesque alternate reality", said John Schindler, a former National Security Agency intelligence analyst, said after Comey testified last week.
Russian Federation has denied interfering in the US election. The White House has denied any collusion. "I have confidence in Mr. Mueller", he said. A Trump confidant, Chris Ruddy, told "PBS NewsHour" on Monday the president was weighing whether to fire Mueller.Amid the firestorm over Comey's dismissal, the Justice Department's Rosenstein appointed Mueller as special counsel to oversee the probe into Russian election interference and any collusion by Trump aides. Since Sessions is recused from these matters, he would likely would send such a recommendation to Deputy Attorney General Rosenstein.
The statement by Tillerson, which he later read Tuesday morning at a congressional hearing, offered no other details and made no mention of Rodman's visit.
And while you may be thinking that you can laugh all you want from the safety of your own computer at home or your workstation, I would advise against any chuckles, guffaws, or yuck-em-ups.
"I don't think it compromises sources or methods or in any way harms America's position in the world, so we'll start with that", Wyden said. If we can not agree that something is happening, asked Fair, "then how are we going to have a fact-based policy" to address it? I would like for him to return to the forest and stay there, or at least complete his transformation into full orc so that the world can see his truth. He added that Mueller will have the "full independence he needs to conduct that investigation" and that there was "no secret plan" to fire him.
In recent days, Trump supporters such as Newt Gingrich and Rush Limbaugh have questioned if Mueller can conduct a fair inquiry.