Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.), the top Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, told reporters on Thursday that Attorney General Jeff Sessions declined to answer whether President Trump ever instructed him to “hinder” Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation during a closed-door meeting.
“I asked the attorney general whether he was ever instructed by the president to take any action that he believed would hinder the Russia investigation and he declined to answer the question,” Schiff said.
“If the president did not instruct him to take any action that he believed would hinder the Russia investigation, he should say so. If the president did instruct him to hinder the investigation in any way, in my view, that would be a potentially criminal act and certainly not covered by any privilege,” he continued.
The Hill added:
A spokeswoman for Sessions, Sarah Isgur Flores, pushed back on Schiff’s remarks, saying the top cop has repeatedly stated he would not talk about his communications with the president. She noted that he has denied in previous testimonies being instructed by Trump to do anything illegal or improper.
Sessions appeared before the House Intelligence Committee Thursday in a closed-door meeting, as the panel continues to investigate Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election and possible collusion between Moscow and Trump campaign staff.
The meeting comes two weeks after Sessions testified under oath before the Judiciary Committee.