Sessions said he could not disclose his communications with the president or top White House officials.
On Monday, a Justice Department spokeswoman said that Sessions "has been clear that his recusal covers any existing or future investigations of any matters related in any way to the campaigns for President of the United States".
In one combative exchange with Democrat Chris Van Hollen, Sessions backed Trump's decision to pardon former Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio and Lewis "Scooter" Libby, an adviser to former Vice President Dick Cheney, without consulting Justice Department experts. "I have confidence in him".
Trump's unorthodox attacks have prompted some critics to worry about to the independence of Justice Department investigations. "I have not met with the top ethics person on it, but I can assure you I have not violated my recusal", he said.
Someone familiar with the matter told Bloomberg that Sessions will look at specific issues related to Cohen and make determinations as to whether to stay away from individual questions.
In response to questions from Sen.
"I believe it is not appropriate for me to opine or give my thoughts at this point, given the fact that I'm recused", Sessions said.
In the last few weeks, Sessions has targeted opioid sales.
"I do too", Graham added, before moving on to a question about Gitmo.
U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions appeared before the Senate Appropriations Committee Wednesday to work on the Justice Department budget.
"If the President were to improperly fire either the deputy attorney general, who supervises the Russian Federation investigation, or the special counsel, would you resign in opposition?" "That calls for a speculative answer", Sessions told Senator Patrick Leahy, a Democrat, when asked if he would resign if either Rosenstein and Mueller was sacked. Leahy asked with a laugh, eliciting at least a non-verbal cue from his former Senate colleague.