Secret Service says it doesn't have any Trump tapes

Caroline Beck
June 14, 2017

The senator from NY is salivating over the notion of President Donald Trump testifying under oath about his interactions with fired Federal Bureau of Investigation director James Comey, as the president has said he is willing to do.

Sen. James Lankford (R-Okla.), also a member of the Senate Intelligence Committee, agreed that the panel needed to hear any tapes if they exist.

Here's a look at five questions that members likely want to ask Sessions as he both defends himself and potentially helps his boss - the president - try to preserve some headway in political seas that continue roiling in the aftermath of Hurricane Comey.

Comey later told Sessions that he didn't want to be alone with the president.

The Senate investigation is one of three Russian Federation inquiries, including one being headed by the FBI.

But Trump has also hinted the tapes might not exist, saying the media would be "very disappointed" to find out the answer. Senator James Lankford (R-OK), Senate Intelligence Committee.

"It is really unclear what he is going to say, and I am a little bit surprised because in the past, he has gotten into trouble when he said things and they turned out not to be entirely true", said Jens Ohlin, a professor of law at Cornell University.

Reports from the White House indicate that that recusal has been a sore spot between President Donald Trump and Sessions.

"We also were aware of facts that I can't discuss in an open setting that would make (Sessions') continued engagement in a Russia-related investigation problematic, " Comey told the Senate Intelligence Committee on Thursday.

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He may face questions about new comments on Monday by a Trump confidante who suggested that the president was considering firing Robert Mueller, a special counsel with sweeping powers whom the Justice Department appointed to lead an independent Trump-Russia probe.

Why this is a big deal: Sessions is a Trump ally, and he appears to be caught between the president and his promise to run the Justice Department in an apolitical way.

"I'll tell you about that maybe sometime in the very near future", Trump said Friday of the possibility of having tapes. Comey was leading that probe.

"I should not be involved in investigating a campaign I had a role in", Sessions said at the Justice Department on the day he announced his decision. "Doing policy by tweets is really a shakeup for us, because there's Senate Intelligence & Judiciary Committees no justification presented", said Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA).

On Comey's accusations that Trump pressed him to drop the FBI investigation of Flynn, Bharara said that "no one knows right now whether there is a provable case of obstruction" of justice.

At the conclusion of a February 14 meeting, Comey testified, Trump urged everyone else but Comey to leave the Oval Office, including Sessions.

That remark came after revelations that Sessions had met with Russia's ambassador to the US last year, despite testifying under oath during a confirmation hearing that he "did not have communications with the Russians".

Mr Trump was angry that the attorney general had recused himself from the FBI's Russian Federation probe, according to United States media.

Other reports by TheDailyFarc

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