Russia probe: Sessions, Comey interviewed by Mueller’s team
Sheetal Sukhija - Wednesday 24th January, 2018
Sessions was questioned for several hours last week by Mueller and Comey was investigated last year
The questioning was based on the investigation into Russia’s meddling in the election
The investigation revolves around the president’s obstruction of justice case
WASHINGTON, U.S. - New revelations emerged in special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into the Russia collusion - this time, with the line of questioning, involving two top officials, being focussed on the president’s possible obstruction of justice.
According to people with information on two crucial meetings, Attorney General Jeff Sessions was interviewed by the special counsel Robert Mueller’s team into Russian election meddling last week.
Further, reports have revealed that former FBI director, James Comey too was interviewed by Mueller’s office last year.
The line of investigation reportedly revolved around a possible obstruction of justice by U.S. President Donald Trump.
Reports revealed on Wednesday that Sessions was questioned for several hours last week as part of Mueller’s investigation.
Sources quoted in reports said that the interview with Sessions marked the first time that investigators for the special counsel, Robert Mueller, are known to have questioned a member of President Trump’s cabinet.
In March 2017, reports revealed that Sessions had not told Congress that he met twice with Sergey Kislyak, the Russian ambassador to the U.S. at the time, during the campaign.
Soon after, the attorney general announced that he had recused himself from all matters related to the 2016 election, including the Russia inquiry.
This led to the decision by the deputy attorney general, Rod Rosenstein to appoint Mueller to probe the case.
The president has repeatedly criticized Sessions publicly and privately for recusing himself from the Russia investigation.
Early on in the probe last year, it was revealed that Sessions had been among a small group of senior campaign and administration officials whom Mueller had been expected to interview.
Now, experts believe that Mueller’s interest in Sessions shows how the president’s own actions helped prompt a broader inquiry.
Mueller reportedly believes that Sessions is a key witness to two parts of his probe, including the campaign’s possible ties to the Russians and whether the president tried to obstruct the Russia investigation.
While the details of the questioning that Sessions went through last week were not revealed, experts noted that Mueller can question the Attorney General about his role as the head of the campaign’s foreign policy team.
Further, reports said that Sessions was part of the meeting with Trump in March 2016 at the Trump International Hotel in Washington, where George Papadopoulos, one of the campaign’s foreign policy advisers, pitched the idea of a personal meeting between Trump and Putin.
In October 2017, Papadopoulos pleaded guilty to lying to federal authorities about the nature of his contacts with the Russians and agreed to cooperate with Mueller’s office.
Further, Sessions was also believed to have been involved in the firing of the former FBI director, James Comey, a decision that proved to be controversial.
Meanwhile, after reports revealed that Sessions had been interviewed by Mueller, the Justice Department spokeswoman, Sarah Isgur Flores, confirmed that the interview.
Sessions was reportedly accompanied by the longtime Washington lawyer Chuck Cooper to the interview.
Reports on Tuesday also revealed that Comey’s interview was focused on a series of memos he wrote about his interactions with Trump that unnerved Comey.
The most controversial of those memos, Comey reportedly said that Trump had asked him to end the FBI’s investigation into the former national security adviser, Michael Flynn.
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