The hearing touched on nearly every budget line for the department, from databases to immigration policy, frequently forcing Sessions to defend the Trump administration. "It is the policy of the Department of Justice that those who recuse themselves not state the details of it or confirm the existence of a investigation or the scope or nature of that investigation". "This is your chance to talk to us about how you're going to protect it".
Questions about President Donald Trump and the investigation into whether his 2016 election campaign colluded with Russian Federation overshadowed a Senate hearing on Wednesday (April 25) with US Attorney-General Jeff Sessions, who has been a frequent target of Trump's wrath.
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Sen. Patrick J. Leahy (D-Vt.), the ranking member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, said he was deeply concerned about the "president's relentless and baseless attacks" on senior Justice Department officials. When Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, a New Hampshire Democrat, asked Sessions whether the attorney general or his designee could fire a special counsel generally, Sessions demurred.
He declined to say whether he's discussed the Cohen investigation with anyone at the White House. "I believe I have the right to and responsibility to maintain confidence in those so I just am not able to go down that road".
It's unclear what Sessions will announce Friday and what he will say about the drug crisis, but it's worth noting that his visit comes a day before the Drug Enforcement Administration's Take Back Day, a national event that encourages people to dispose of misused or unwanted prescription drugs. Leahy asked with a laugh, eliciting at least a non-verbal cue from his former Senate colleague.