Today Attorney General Jeff Sessions testified before the Senate Intelligence Committee in an open setting. During one particular line of questioning the hearing got heated.
During the hearing Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR) grilled Sessions about his decision to recuse himself claiming that there was more information that could implicate Sessions and that’s why he recused himself. This led to an intense back and forth after Senator Wyden accused Sessions of “stonewalling.” Here is a quick transcript of their back and forth and you can watch below.
Senator Wyden, I am not “stonewalling.” I am following the historic policies of the Department of Justice. You don’t walk into any hearing or committee meeting and reveal confidential communications with the President of the United States … Mr. Comey, perhaps he didn’t know, but I basically recused myself the first day I got into the office.
Wyden was unsatisfied, shooting back, “General Sessions, respectfully, you’re not answering the question.”
A smile spread across Sessions’ face as he asked chuckling, “Well, what is the question?”
“The question is, Mr. Comey said there were matters with respect to the recusal that were problematic and that he couldn’t talk about them. What are they?” Wyden snapped.
Sessions’ smile vanished, replaced with an indignant scowl. “Why don’t you tell me? There are none, Senator Wyden. There are none. I can tell you that for absolute certainty,” the attorney general barked.
Sessions continued to poke at Wyden over his use of “innuendo” to implicate he was being evasive.
“I tried to give my best and truthful answers to any committee I’ve appeared before and people are suggesting through innuendo that I’ve not been honest about matters,”
“I am not stonewalling” — this entire Sessions/Wyden exchange is something https://t.co/2RtQhOmAXh
— Bradd Jaffy (@BraddJaffy) June 13, 2017
I think it’s safe to say these two won’t be friends.