‘I Am Not Stonewalling!’ Sessions, Wyden Go Off on Each Other in Explosive Back-and-Forth
In today’s highly anticipated Senate Intelligence Committee hearing featuring Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ testimony, the AG got into a heated exchange with Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR). Among the things they went at each other over former FBI Director James Comey’s testimony and Wyden’s belief that Sessions and the Trump administration have been “stonewalling.”
Wyden stated that when he questioned Comey last week, Comey noted that he found Sessions’ involvement in the Russian investigation before his recusal to be “problematic” and that the FBI had been calling for Sessions to step aside.
“Were you aware of any concerns that the FBI or elsewhere in government about your contacts with the Russians or any other matters relevant to whether you should step aside from the Russian investigation?” Wyden asked the AG.
“I am not stonewalling!” Sessions exclaimed. “I’m following the historic policies of the Department of Justice. You don’t walk into any hearing or committee meeting and reveal confidential communications with the President of the United States who is entitled to receive confidential communications and your best judgment about a host of issues, and — and to be accused of stonewalling for not answering them so I would push back on that.”
After Sessions said he basically recused himself right after entering office and was never involved with any investigations, Wyden shot back, saying the attorney general wasn’t answering the question.
“Well, what is the question?” Sessions snapped at the Oregon lawmaker. Wyden went on to state that he wanted to know what was problematic in Comey’s view, leading Sessions to angrily claim that he didn’t know and felt he was being slandered.
“This is a secret innuendo being leaked out there about me,” he noted. “And I don’t appreciate it! And I tried to give my best and truthful answers to any committee I’ve appeared before, and it’s really people sort of suggesting through innuendo that I have been not honest about matters, and I’ve tried to be honest.”
Watch the whole exchange above, via CNN.
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