Democratic Sen. Al Franken said Tuesday that he believes Attorney General Jeff Sessions committed perjury when he failed to mention his meetings with the Russian ambassador during his confirmation hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee.
"It's hard to come to any other conclusion than he just perjured himself," Franken told Jake Tapper during an interview on CNN's "The Lead".
During the hearing, Franken asked Sessions what he would do as attorney general if he found evidence that "anyone affiliated with the Russian government" communicated with the Trump campaign during the election. Sessions responded that he was "not aware of any of those activities" and "did not have any communications with the Russians."
President Donald Trump said Friday he is considering signing a "brand new order" after his refugee and immigration Muslim ban was halted in court. Trump, speaking to reporters on Air Force One, said he expected his administration to win the legal battle over his original directive. But he said the White House was also weighing other alternatives, including making unspecified changes to the order, which could address some of the legal issues that have arisen. read more
U.S. Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch told a Democratic senator he found Donald Trump's comments "disheartening" and "demoralizing" when the president criticized the judiciary over a federal court order that blocked his immigration ban. Senator Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut told reporters about Gorsuch's comments after meeting privately Wednesday with Trump's first U.S. high court nominee. Ron Bonjean, a spokesman aiding Gorsuch in the confirmation process, confirmed Blumenthal's account of their conversation in an e-mail and said Gorsuch "used the words disheartening and demoralizing." "He certainly expressed to me that he is disheartened by demoralizing, abhorrent comments made by President Trump about the judiciary," Blumenthal said outside his Senate office.
The White House issued a cryptic warning Wednesday that the U.S. will act against Iran unless it stops testing ballistic missiles and supporting Houthi rebels in Yemen, but declined to say what retaliatory actions the U.S. would pursue. read more
CIA director Mike Pompeo was "blindsided" by a draft executive order that could open the door for American intelligence agencies to resume waterboarding and other "enhanced interrogation techniques" at newly reopened CIA "black site" prisons overseas, according to a source familiar with conversations he has had about the document. read more