It has been reported that U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions was questioned last week for over four hours by the special counsel investigating potential collusion between Russia and Donald Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign.
The U.S. Justice Department said on Tuesday the interview marked the first time that Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s office is known to have interviewed a member of Trump’s Cabinet.
Sessions, who was the first U.S. senator to endorse Trump, served as a campaign adviser before he was appointed by Trump to be the top U.S. law enforcement official.
Sessions famously recused himself from overseeing the Russia probe last March, much to Donald Trump's chagrin, after media reports that he had lied about 2016 meetings with Moscow’s then-ambassador, Sergei Kislyak.
Mueller’s team is expected to be interested in meetings between Sessions and Kislyak during the campaign, as well as the attorney general’s involvement in Trump’s firing of Comey, an episode central to the question of whether Trump may have committed obstruction of justice.
Another point of interest for Mueller is a March 31, 2016 meeting of Trump’s national security campaign advisers which Sessions led in which former campaign volunteer and adviser George Papadopoulos offered to help broker a meeting between Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin.
Trump, when asked by reporters about Sessions’ interview, said...
“I’m not at all concerned,”
White House spokesman Raj Shah also expressed little consternation about the investigation telling Fox News...
“We believe it will end soon and find what we’ve known all along, which is that there was no collusion during the 2016 campaign and no findings of wrongdoing,”
It was also revealed by a person familiar with the matter that Mueller’s office interviewed former Federal Bureau of Investigation Director James Comey shortly after Trump fired him in May 2017.
Those familiar with Mueller's case said Tuesday that the special counsel is now seeking to question Trump.