FROM Matt Ford
Jeff Sessions grilled by Senate committee on Russian meddling Attorney General and former Senator Jeff Sessions returned to Capitol Hill today, telling the Judiciary Committee he won't reveal conversations with President Trump about Russian meddling, DACA, the pardoning of former Sheriff Joe Arpaio or anything else. He also engaged in a long exchange with Democrat Al Franken of Minnesota about Sessions' testimony during his confirmation hearing and conversations with former Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak. Matt Ford, associate editor of the Atlantic, focusing on law and the courts, has more on Sessions' willingness to testify before the committee and where that might lead.
Democrats challenge Sessions nomination after Yates firing Senate Democrats today on Capitol Hill refused to attend committee votes on two of President Trump's nominees. They did not boycott the hearing on Alabama Senator Jeff Sessions to be the next Attorney General. Instead, they focused on Trump's dramatic firing yesterday of Acting Attorney General Sally Yates. At the hearing, Illinois Senator Dick Durbin emphasized that, "this is a constitutional moment for us to consider how the next attorney general will deal with the remaining three years and a 11 months of this president." Matt Ford, who covers law and the courts for The Atlantic , has more on Democrats' dramatic showdown.
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