Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR) on Tuesday slammed Jeff Sessions for “stonewalling” on the Russia investigation, cornering the attorney general for signing off on former FBI Director James Comey’s dismissal despite having recused himself from the probe.
Wyden noted Comey’s testimony last week before the Senate Intelligence Committee, where the former FBI director called Sessions’ “continued engagement in a Russia-related investigation problematic,” but that he could not discuss the details in public.
Sessions argued he “basically recused himself” from the investigation.
“Respectfully, you’re not answering the question,” Wyden said.
“Well, what is the question?” Sessions said.
“The question is: Mr. Comey said there were matters with respect to the recusal there were problematic and he couldn’t talk about them,” Wyden replied. “What are they?”
“I—why don’t you tell me?” Sessions shot back. “This is a secret innuendo being leaked about me, and I don’t appreciate it … it’s really, people are suggesting sort of innuendo that I have been not honest about matter and I’ve tried to be honest.”
“My time is short, you made your point that you think Mr. Comey is engaging in innuendo,” Wyden said.
“Some of that leaked out of the committee that [Comey] said in closed sessions,” Session opined.
Wyden later asked Sessions why he recommended Comey’s firing when it violated his recusal.
“It did not violate my recusal,” Sessions said.
“That answer, in my opinion, does not pass the smell test,” Wyden replied.
Watch the exchange below, via CNN:
LISTEN: Mourners sing ‘Amazing Grace’ outside the Supreme Court to celebrate Ruth Bader Ginsburg
Heartwarming videos were shared on social media on Friday night showing the spontaneous gathering at the Supreme Court following the death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.
The large crowd, with many people wearing masks, sang the hymn "Amazing Grace."
Here are some of the videos of the scene:
A moving moments as dozens join in to sing “Amazing Grace” on the steps of the Supreme Court. pic.twitter.com/NGZyZi4YR4
— Mike Balsamo (@MikeBalsamo1) September 19, 2020
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WATCH: Trump reveals how he can manipulate Democrats to help him put Ted Cruz on the Supreme Court
President Donald Trump spoke about his plans for the Supreme Court during a Friday night campaign rally in Bemidji, Minnesota.
Trump took the stage before news was announced that Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg had died and appeared to not know of the Supreme Court vacancy.
Trump explained to his audience why he had put Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) on his shortlist for a Supreme Court nomination.
“I said, you know, I have to have someone that we’re going sure we get approved and the only one I could think of is Ted, because he’s going to get 50 Republican votes and he’s going to get 50 Democrat votes — they’ll do anything to get him out of the Senate," Trump said.