Sessions to appear before Senate intelligence committee

Marsha Scott
June 13, 2017

US Attorney General Jeff Sessions has confirmed that he will appear before the Senate Intelligence Committee next week to testify over his dealings with Russian officials, the media reported.

In a letter Saturday, Sessions writes that his decision comes in light of last week's testimony by fired FBI Director James Comey.

File image of Jeff Sessions.

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

And, given Trump's statement that he had been thinking about the Russian Federation investigation when he chose to fire Comey, the former FBI director expressed doubt when asked whether Sessions had adhered to his recusal.

Sessions removed himself from involvement any probe into alleged Russian meddling in the elections in March, but maintained he did nothing wrong by failing to disclose that he met a year ago with Russia's ambassador.

Comey also said Trump had defamed him and the Federal Bureau of Investigation and that he took meticulous notes of their private meetings because he did not trust the Republican president to tell the truth about them. In explaining the cancellation, Sessions writes that he believed that members of the committees were planning on asking him about "issues related to the investigation into Russian interference with the 2016 election".

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Sessions noted that several lawmakers on those panels had said they meant to ask him about the Russian Federation investigation, after testimony by former FBI director James Comey before the intelligence committee Thursday. "The Senate Intelligence Committee is the most appropriate forum for such matters, as it has been conducting an investigation and has access to relevant, classified information".

Former FBI director James Comey raised additional questions at a hearing on Thursday, saying that the FBI expected Mr Sessions to recuse himself weeks before he actually did. "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.

In January, Sessions was still a senator from the state of Alabama when he appeared at a hearing before his confirmation as attorney general.

Sessions is likely to be asked about his conversations with Ambassador Sergey Kislyak and whether there were more encounters that should have been made public. "You can't run forever", Leahy said in a Twitter message to Sessions that also referred to "false testimony" by the attorney general about his contacts with Russian officials.

In a letter to Senate Intel Cmte heads Burr and Warner, cmte member Ron Wyden says he wants to hear from AG Sessions in a *public* hearing.

It is not yet known whether Session will testify to the committee in public or private.

At the conclusion of a February 14 meeting in the White House, Comey testified, Trump urged everyone else but Comey to leave the Oval Office, including Sessions.

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