Democrats have been trying all day to break Attorney General Jeff Sessions, probing into his conversations with President Trump, his recusal from the Russia investigation, and former FBI Director James Comey’s firing.
- Comey has refused to comment on discussions with Trump, citing executive privilege
- He’s refused to discuss the decision to appoint Robert Mueller as special counsel in the Russia investigation, citing his recusal
- He’s refused to speculate whether Mueller’s being fired would result in his resignation, declining to “deal in hypotheticals”
- He would not allow Sen. Chris Coons to conflate Comey’s firing with the Russia investigation, claiming that the AG still has supervisory authority over the FBI regardless of specific case recusals. This allows the AG to communicate with the president on other issues such as Comey
The questioning has stopped for a break and will resume around 1:25 p.m.
Comey hasn’t taken the bait (even from Republican Sen. Ben Sasse) on Russian interference.
Sessions said the Clinton investigation is closed. But there’s obviously a lot more to look at.
If I were Sessions I’d ask Leahy why he isn’t interested in the real collusion. Can you say “Uranium, Senator?” You pre-meditated hypocrite
— David Limbaugh (@DavidLimbaugh) October 18, 2017
Sen. Dianne Feinstein tweeted during the questioning her support for DACA.
— Senator Dianne Feinstein (@SenFeinstein) October 18, 2017
Topics to be discussed will include Operation Choke Point and DACA.