|Attorney General Jeff Sessions|
He just couldn't answer any specific questions before a Senate panel that would shed light on the firing of F.B.I. Director Comey and remembered very little about any contacts with Russian government officials in 2016-17.
In Sessions' prepared opening remarks, he put controls on his forthrightness: "But as I advised you, Mr. Chairman, and consistent with long-standing Department of Justice practice, I cannot and will not violate my duty to protect confidential communications with the President."
|Senator Angus King|
Senator Angus King, Maine, Independent, pressed Sessions: “The president hasn’t asserted [executive privilege], you said you don’t have the power to exert, implying Sessions was trying to have things "both ways."
|Senator Joe Manchin|
Senator Joe Manchin asked Sessions if he knew of any contacts with the Russians by Trump campaign officials. The senator ran down a list of names, asking the attorney general to simply answer “yes” or “no.”
Paul Manafort? “I don’t have any information that he had done so.”
Steve Bannon: “I have no information that he did.”
Michael Flynn: “I don’t recall it.”
Reince Preibus: “I don’t recall.”
Stephen Miller: “I don’t recall him ever having such a conversation.”
Corey Lewandowski: “I don’t recall any of those individuals having any meeting with Russian officials.”
Cater Page: “I don’t know.”
Sessions elaborated a bit on Page. “There may have been some published account of Mr. Page talking with Russians but I’m not sure," he said.