Attorney General Jeff Sessions, whose department has direct oversight of Special Counsel Robert Mueller, was questioned by Mueller’s team of investigators last week in connection with the ongoing probe into the 2016 election.
The New York Times reports that Sessions:
“Was questioned for several hours last week by the special counsel’s office as part of the investigation into Russia’s meddling in the election and whether the president obstructed justice since taking office, according to a Justice Department spokeswoman.”
The AG — who repeatedly said he could not recall details of meetings with Russian officials during the campaign when he testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee in November of last year — recused himself from oversight of the Russia investigation, leaving Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein as the Justice Department official who appointed Mueller as special counsel. Sessions’ recusal reportedly angered Trump and led to the Attorney General threatening to resign in the early days of the administration.
Sessions was also involved in the firing of former FBI Director James Comey, which may have constituted obstruction of justice on the part of the president. He was present at a meeting in the Oval Office when Trump allegedly asked all staffers to leave so he could talk to Comey in privacy.
Comey later testified under oath that the president had asked him to drop the FBI’s ongoing probe of former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn, who has since been charged with lying to federal law enforcement agents.
For his part, Sessions may be in legal jeopardy for meetings he had with former Russian ambassador to the United States, Sergey Kislyak, in 2016 while he was also an adviser to the Trump campaign. Sessions repeatedly said he didn’t discuss campaign matters with Kislyak, but has also failed to disclose other contacts he had with Russian officials in direct contradiction of what he said during his confirmation hearing.
Mueller will also interview former chief political strategist Steve Bannon, who has said he wants to cooperate fully with investigators.
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