Top Intel Dem Warns Jeff Sessions Is Engaged In Potential Cover Up Of Trump-Russia Collusion
Rep. Adam Schiff, the top Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee warned of a potential cover up in the Trump-Russia investigation after Attorney General Jeff Sessions refused to answer whether President Trump ever asked him to obstruct the ongoing investigation into Russian inference in the 2016 presidential election.
“I asked the attorney general whether he was ever instructed by the president to take any action that he believed would hinder the Russia investigation and he declined to answer the question,” Schiff told reporters after the closed-door meeting concluded, according to The Hill.
“If the president did not instruct him to take any action that he believed would hinder the Russia investigation, he should say so. If the president did instruct him to hinder the investigation in any way, in my view, that would be a potentially criminal act and certainly not covered by any privilege,” Schiff said.
Sessions said he would not talk about his communications with the president.
Schiff argued that Sessions’s reasons for not answering this specific question is a weak argument.
“That, under any conceivable idea, is not privileged, so I think that is even a weaker argument to make than with respect to a particular conversation that he may have had with the president,” the California lawmaker continued.
The intel Democrat also revealed that Republican lawmakers on the committee “in a unilateral fashion” decided against releasing Sessions’s testimony, pointing to previous agency heads who have openly appeared before the panel.
“The Congress has the need to know and so do the American people,” Schiff said, adding that he feels the committee should “compel” Sessions to answer the questions he did not answer during the meeting.
Schiff said the panel “extensively” covered the interactions they have had with former Trump campaign officials like Carter Page and the interactions that he had with George Papadopoulos, adding “that was certainly a big focus of our interview today.”
Jeff Sessions’s latest testimony comes as the panel continues to investigate Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election and possible collusion between Moscow and Trump campaign staff.