Attorney General Jeff Sessions pitted his word against that of former FBI Director James Comey on Tuesday, telling the Senate Intelligence Committee under oath that he had in fact verbally agreed with Comey that the FBI and the Justice Department needed to carefully navigate their contact with the White House after Comey had voiced concerns about a conversation with President Trump. Comey said under oath last week that Sessions did not verbally respond to him when he voiced his concerns.
"During his testimony, Mr. Comey discussed a conversation he and I had about a meeting Mr. Comey had with the president," Sessions told the committee. "Following a routine morning threat briefing, Mr. Comey spoke to me and my chief of staff. While he did not provide me with any of the substance of his conversation with the president … Mr. Comey expressed concern about the proper communications protocol with the White House and with the president. I responded — he didn't recall this — but I responded to his comment by agreeing that the FBI and the Department of Justice needed to be careful to follow department policies regarding appropriate contacts with the White House."
Watch below. Jeva Lange
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