Attorney General Jeff Sessions disputed aspects of fired FBI director James Comey’s attention-grabbing testimony, denying that he remained silent in the face of Comey’s complaint about improper interventions with the FBI on the part of President Trump, Politico reports. “Mr. Comey confirmed that he did not inform the Attorney General of his concerns about the substance of any one-on-one conversation he had with the President,” said Justice Department spokesman Ian Prior. At a Senate Intelligence Committee hearing yesterday, Comey testified that Sessions vacated the Oval Office along with other officials so Trump could meet one-on-one with Comey. The former FBI director claimed he later told Sessions he should not have left him alone with the president.
In written testimony, Comey said he’d told Sessions the situation was inappropriate and should never happen again. “He did not reply,” Comey said. Prior insisted Sessions did respond, quoting the Attorney General as saying that “the FBI and Department of Justice needed to be careful about following appropriate policies regarding contacts with the White House.” Sessions also took issue with Comey’s statement that he was unaware of any directive to the FBI indicating the details of Sessions’ March 2 recusal. The Justice Department released an email sent that day by Sessions’ chief of staff, Jody Hunt, to Comey and other top Justice officials.