US Attorney General quizzed in Russian meddling inquiry - Whisper Eye

US Attorney General quizzed in Russian meddling inquiry

Attorney General Jeff Sessions has been questioned in an investigation into whether Russia colluded with the Trump campaign in the 2016 election.

The Department of Justice (DoJ) confirmed to whisper eye media team that America’s top prosecutor was interviewed last week.

Mr Sessions is thought to be the first member of President Donald Trump’s cabinet to be questioned.

Former FBI Director Robert Mueller is leading the inquiry into alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 election.

Mr Mueller, who was appointed as special counsel, is also investigating whether Mr Trump’s firing of FBI director James Comey in May last year was an effort to obstruct the agency’s Russia probe.

The interview with Mr Sessions, the nation’s top lawman, lasted several hours, according to US media reports.

Mr Trump said later on Tuesday he was not at all concerned about Mr Sessions’ interview.

The US intelligence community has already concluded that Moscow tried to sway the presidential election in favor of Mr Trump, though Russia denies this.

Special Counsel Mueller is investigating the allegation of Russian meddling, and possible collusion, as are three different congressional committees.

Robert Mueller’s investigation has now reached into Donald Trump’s political cabinet.

While this is a significant development, it shouldn’t come as a major surprise given that Jeff Sessions sits at the intersection of multiple reported threads of the inquiry.

The former senator had contact with Russians while he was senior adviser to the Trump campaign.

Later he was less than forthcoming about their nature.

Mr Sessions also may know details about why the president sacked FBI Director James Comey, which could be a key component of any obstruction of justice case Mr Mueller builds against the president or his staff.

With the Sessions interview  and recent news that Steve Bannon will also speak with Mr Mueller  there are only a handful of top Trump advisers who served in both the administration and the campaign who have yet to receive a visit from the special counsel’s office.

Vice-President Mike Pence is one. Donald Trump Jr and Ivanka Trump are two others.

Then there’s the president himself.

Mr Mueller’s investigation appears to be heading toward a face-off with the president.

Then it will be time for the former top FBI man to put his cards on the table.

Mr Sessions, who oversees the FBI at the DoJ, recused himself from the investigation in March 2017 after he acknowledged two previously undisclosed meetings with a Russian ambassador during the campaign.

The president repeatedly criticized Mr Sessions for his recusal on Twitter.

The former Alabama senator could be an important witness due to his ties to the firing of Mr Comey.

The White House initially said that the FBI director’s sacking was on the recommendation of the DoJ, citing a departmental memo faulting Mr Comey for his handling of the investigation into Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server.

But Mr Trump later said he was thinking of “this Russia thing” when he fired Mr Comey.

It is not publicly known exactly who has and has not been interviewed as part of Mr Mueller’s probe. However, several names have been reported in US media.