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Sessions is appearing before Senate Intel Committee: What could happen?

14 June, 2017, 07:11 | Author: Simon Thompson
  • President Donald Trump speaks during a news conference with Romanian President Klaus Werner Iohannis in the Rose Garden at the White House Friday

Attorney General Jeff Sessions, facing fresh questions about his Russian contacts during the election campaign and his role in the firing of James Comey, will be interrogated in a public hearing by former Senate colleagues on Tuesday. "He believes it is important for the American people to hear the truth directly from him and looks forward to answering the committee's questions tomorrow", said the Justice Department's Sarah Isgur Flores, in a statement relayed by NPR's Carrie Johnson.

The hearing in the Hart Senate Office Building is scheduled to start at 2:30 p.m. ET.

Sessions said in a letter on Saturday that he will appear before the committee to address matters that Comey brought up last week in testimony to the same panel.

A day before Comey appeared before the Senate intelligence panel, National Security Agency Director Mike Rogers and Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats, also members of Trump's Cabinet, took the stand. The White House has denied any collusion with Moscow.

In March, Sessions recused himself from any investigations into Russia's actions in the 2016 campaign. He has publicly defended Trump amid the Russian Federation firestorm, including following fired FBI Director James Comey's testimony on Capitol Hill. Did you ask your deputy attorney general to write a memo recommending the firing of Comey?

"You need to testify before both in public", Mr. Leahy said in a tweet.


That remark came after revelations that Sessions had met with Russia's ambassador to the US last year, despite testifying under oath during a confirmation hearing that he "did not have communications with the Russians". Sessions, whose contacts with Russia's ambassador to the USA during the presidential campaign has sparked questions, agreed Saturday, June 10, to appear before the Senate intelligence committee as it investigates alleged Russian meddling in the election.

Conway also said Comey's testimony showed President Donald Trump was not under investigation.

"We also were aware of facts that I can't discuss in an open setting that would make his continued engagement in a Russia-related investigation problematic", Comey said. Lawmakers, including Al Franken of Minnesota and Patrick Leahy of Vermont, have asked the FBI to investigate and to determine if Sessions committed perjury.

Senators on that committee are expected to question Sessions about his meetings with Russians - a topic that has come under increased scrutiny amid investigations into Russian meddling in the US presidential election.

What was your involvement in the decision to fire James Comey?

On "Fox & Friends" Monday, Conway noted Comey's testimony that Loretta Lynch, as President Barack Obama's attorney general, directed him to describe the FBI probe into Hillary Clinton's email practices as a "matter" and to avoid calling it an investigation.

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