Sessions to appear before Senate intelligence committee

Sessions to appear before Senate intelligence committee

Sessions to appear before Senate intelligence committee

Attorney General Jeff Sessions will face questions about the firing of FBI Director James Comey and undeclared meetings with Russian officials at a U.S. Senate hearing on Tuesday, becoming the highest-ranking member of President Donald Trump's Cabinet to testify in the affair.

Sessions was scheduled to discuss the Justice Department budget before Sen.

"In light of reports regarding Mr. Comey's recent testimony before the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, it is important that I have an opportunity to address these matters in the appropriate forum", Sessions said in the letter dated Saturday.

It is unclear whether the upcoming intelligence committee hearing will be open or closed.

Sessions in March removed himself from involvement in any probe into alleged Russian election meddling but maintained he did nothing wrong by failing to disclose that he met a year ago with Russia's ambassador. After Comey met in a classified meeting with the intelligence committee, reports leaked out that Sessions may have had a third meeting with Kislyak previous year. But federal investigators have not confirmed the meeting happened, and the Justice Department has denied it occurred.

Trump asked Sessions, along with other members of the Trump administration, to leave him and Comey alone after a counter-terrorism briefing February 14, one day after national security adviser Michael Flynn was sacked.

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The attorney general cited his involvement in Trump's campaign for stepping away from the Russian Federation investigation in March. He says in a letter to Shelby that the Russian investigation would become the focus and he would appear before the intelligence committee instead.

"'I hope you can see your way clear to letting this go, to letting Flynn go, '" Comey quoted Trump as saying in his statement.

Sen. James Lankford, R-Okla., also a member of that committee, agreed the panel needed to hear any tapes that exist. Comey testified that he asked Sessions to never leave him alone with Trump again because it was inappropriate.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions is in for sharp questioning by senators Tuesday on the extent of his contacts with Russian officials during the presidential campaign and of his involvement in the firing of Federal Bureau of Investigation chief James Comey.

Spending the weekend at his golf resort in Bedminster, New Jersey, Trump followed the Comey tweet with a second aimed at Democrats: "The Democrats have no message, not on economics, not on taxes, not on jobs, not on failing #Obamacare".

-Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer of NY said he would take Trump up on his offer to testify under oath about his conversations with Comey, inviting the president to testify before the Senate.