Sessions was forced to recuse himself in March from the federal investigation into possible Russian interference in the USA election after media reports said that he twice met with Kislyak during the 2016 campaign and did not disclose that to the Senate during his confirmation hearing in January.
Sessions recused himself from the Russian Federation investigation in March after revelations that he had failed to disclose two meetings past year with Russia's ambassador to Washington, Sergei Kislyak. But he denied reports that he had a third, previously undisclosed meeting with Kislyak at the Mayflower Hotel in Washington in April 2016.
"I have never met with or had any conversation with any Russians or any foreign officials concerning any type of interference with any campaign or election", stated Sessions, according to Los Angeles Times.
He did not have any private meetings or conversations with Russian officials during an event at the Mayflower Hotel (that he could recall). Last week, at the hearing of former FBI Director James Comey, panel Chairman Richard Burr had admonished Harris. Democratic Sens. Cory Booker of New Jersey and Ron Wyden of OR gave cable news interviews in which they called for Sessions to be fired OR have him tender his resignation. Sessions also cited Justice Department "longstanding policy" in explaining why he would not answer questions. At the time, he said he was "not aware of a basis to recuse myself". "I affirmed his concern that we should be following the proper guidelines of the Department of Justice, and basically backed him up in his concerns".
He came out swinging during his opening statement, saying that while he recused himself from any investigation into Russia's meddling in the presidential election, he did not recuse himself from defending his honor "against scurrilous and false allegations".
Sessions said President Trump did talk about Comey's firing and said he was upset with Comey's handling of the Russian investigation.
She also said that because of the revelation that Sessions misled the Senate during his testimony, she called on him to resign. Sessions, however, never answered that question. CNN reported that Mr. Comey had told senators in a closed-door briefing that agents were investigating another possible meeting between Mr. Sessions and Mr. Kislyak.
Warner asked Sessions if he was evoking executive privilege. At one point, the normally soft-spoken Sessions tangled with Sen.
Responding to questions about the firing of Mr Comey, Mr Sessions said he never informed the Federal Bureau of Investigation chief of concerns about his job performance, which the administration cited in his dismissal. "I only know what I've read in the paper", Sessions told Sen. "People are suggesting through innuendo that I have been not honest about matters, and I've tried to be honest". "It certainly doesn't seem like a sinister interaction, as far as we can tell".
Sessions was a Trump campaign surrogate during last year's race.
Comey had also said that Sessions had lingered in the Oval Office following a group meeting, just before the private encounter during which Comey has said Trump asked him to pull back on his investigation of former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn.