Sessions won't say if he'll jail journalists

Aaron Brown
October 22, 2017

The awkward exchange began when Sen.

A visibly frustrated Sessions responded: "Without hesitation, I conducted no improper discussions with Russians at any time regarding a campaign or any other item facing this country".

In testimony before the Senate Intelligence Committee probing questions of Russian interference in last year's election, Sessions said that he and Deputy Atty. Gen.

Sessions said such communications 'are within the core of executive privilege, ' and that 'until such time as the president makes a decision with respect to this privilege, I can not waive that privilege myself or otherwise compromise his ability to assert it'.

Progressive groups and Democratic lawmakers have warned for months that the long-rumored religious freedom policy could enable this exact sort of anti-LGBT discrimination.

He also won't discuss his private conversations with Trump, citing longstanding Justice Department tradition. At a briefing on the policy on October 6, a reporter asked the officials whether the guidance allows a Social Security Administration worker to refuse to handle paperwork for gay citizen. Ted Cruz's earlier questioning of the attorney general. The order is lawful, necessary, and we are proud to defend it, ' he said.

When he was pressed by senators Wednesday, Sessions only described what the guidance allows in broad strokes.

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"Sessions of Alabama would have blown up if the attorney general said he can't even tell us he communicated with another attorney general in another state", Durbin quipped. "Go ahead, take whatever time you want".

"He's an honest guy, and the determination that he made and I think inappropriately announced, I think is based on the facts, based on his interpretation of the law, and it was nothing more than that", Mr. Holder added, The Washington Free Beacon reported. "Those issues were discussed and we wrestled with this policy".

Sessions says such conversations would be "work product" that should not be revealed. The Justice Department injected itself into a case before the Supreme Court to support a Christian baker in Colorado who had refused service to a same-sex couple seeking a custom cake. Sessions responded by subtly moving the goalposts yet again.

"People are discriminating in the name of their own personal religious liberty".

"Twelve?" asked Durbin. Sessions noted that he believed the number was greater than any other USA city. "This is a challenging issue, when you have said, and I believe you, that you do not want to discriminate".

Under intense questioning by the Senate judiciary committee, Sessions departed from his previous blanket denials about contacts with Russian officials, saying he did "not recall" elements of the conversations in three meetings in 2016 with the ambassador, Sergey Kislyak, and conceded for the first time that substantive issues may have been discussed.

The exchange came after Franken asked Sessions to explain the shifting statements he's made since he told senators he "did not have communications with the Russians" during his confirmation hearing in January. Nor is it clear if Sessions believes federal workers can refuse a service to a gay citizen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif. whether Trump ever indicated his reason for wanting to fire Comey or whether Trump mentioned the Russian Federation investigation - which the president has admitted was on his mind when he made the decision - Sessions declined to share his discussions with the president.

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