Blumenthal: Let Judiciary panel take crack at close-mouthed Sessions

Washington – Democrats on the Senate Intelligence Committee had plenty of questions for Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Tuesday, but few were answered.

Sen. Richard Blumenthal, who was not on the panel, said he wants a chance to try to wrest information from the close-mouthed attorney general.

On Tuesday Sessions responded “I don’t recall” to many questions that were thrown at him, at one point telling Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., to slow down on her questioning.

“I’m not able to be rushed this fast,” Sessions said. “It makes me nervous.”

When asked about his conversations with President Donald Trump about plans to fire former FBI Director James Comey or other matters, Sessions said he could not talk about them because of a Justice Department policy that protected private conversations between its officials and the president.

That frustrated many Democrats, including Blumenthal, who said the Senate Judiciary Committee would do a better job at making Sessions talk.

“AG Sessions should be subpoenaed to Judiciary Committee to answer questions he’s dodging today, publicly and under oath,” Blumenthal said in a tweet.

Blumenthal is a member of the Judiciary Committee, a panel filled with former prosecutors and state attorneys general, like Blumenthal.