Jeff Sessions, the United States Attorney General, repeatedly declined to answer questions posed by Senate Intelligence Committee members. The attorney general was asked specific questions concerning the private conversations he had done with President Donald J. Trump. The list of refusals included questions about James B. Comey, the former FBI Director's management of possible coordination between the Trump campaign and the Kremlin at the time of 2016 presidential race.
Avoiding tough queries
Sessions avoided providing answers by taking refuge in an established policy of the Justice Department which insulated private conversations done between the president and his Cabinet secretaries. A few elements of Comey's testimony was confirmed by him while others were disputed. He admitted that he spoke privately with the president and also that Comey came to him the very next day to know about what transpired in the meeting. Most of the time, however, Sessions said that he was unable to recall specific conversations. His memory specially failed when it came to his meeting with officials hailing from Moscow. All meetings were held during the 2016 presidential campaign.
Sessions, a sharp lawyer, and the present US Attorney General, knew quite well the importance of his spoken word as a top ranked official in the Trump administration. When Senator Kamala D. Harris, a Democrat from California, questioned him, he became angry and sharply asked her not to hurry him as she will later parse the answers and accuse him of lying. He said that her demeanor has made him nervous.
Same event, different versions
When questioned about Comey, particularly on that particular day when President Trump interacted exclusively with the ex-FBI chief alone, Sessions' description of the conversation differed considerably with the description given by Comey. The latter testified that after he and Trump had a conversation which he described as “disturbing”, the then FBI chief went to Sessions. Comey did not inform Sessions that the president has urged him to drop the investigation into Micheal Flynn, the once national security adviser. He, however, told the attorney general that it is impossible that the president banishes his own attorney general and speaks directly to the FBI chief. President Trump has vehemently denied that he has asked Comey to let go of the Flynn investigation.
Sessions was particularly pricky concerning news reports that he possibly met a Russian official at Washington's Mayflower Hotel in April 26. Trump spoke positively about Russia in that event. He admitted being present during that event. He said that he cannot recollect any conversations if he had with Sergey Kislyak, the Ambassador of Russia to the United States.