Attorney General Sessions' Testimony To Senate Panel Will Be Public

Austin Daniel
June 14, 2017

The public testimony Tuesday before the Senate Intelligence committee should yield Sessions' most extensive comments to date on questions that have dogged his tenure as attorney general and that led him three months ago to recuse himself from the Russian Federation probe.

Sessions is scheduled to testify Tuesday before the Senate Intelligence committee and was due for sharp questioning.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions is expecting sharp questions from his former Senate colleagues about his role in the firing of James Comey, his Russian contacts during the campaign and his decision to step aside from an investigation into possible ties between Moscow and associates of President Donald Trump.

If there is no independent account of what might have taken place inside the White House - in the form of a recording system that might have kept "tapes" of the discussions that took place, as Trump once suggested on Twitter - it boils down to Trump's and Sessions' word against Comey's.

It has never been clear how Sessions could have recused himself from the Russian Federation investigation, but still involved himself in the decision to fire the FBI director, given that the decision to fire Comey was directly linked to the Russian Federation investigation.

It comes as political intrigue pulses through the United States capital following explosive testimony by Comey before the same panel last week, and as Trump has expressed frustrations with Sessions, one of his earliest high-profile campaign backers.

But his testimony will be a dramatic sequel to the fired FBI chief's tour de force that twisted a knife in President Donald Trump's administration over the Russian Federation investigation and still has Washington buzzing.

That remark came after revelations that Sessions had met with Russia's ambassador to the USA last year, despite testifying under oath during a confirmation hearing that he "did not have communications with the Russians". He will be asked about meetings with the Russians and if the president tried to influence the investigation.

Justice officials have strongly denied that such a meeting occurred.

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The Justice Department says Sessions has requested Tuesday's committee hearing be open because he "believes it is important for the American people to hear the truth directly from him". According to sources familiar with the closed briefing, former Federal Bureau of Investigation director James Comey said Sessions may have met with Kislyak a third time.

At Monday's briefing, White House press secretary Sean Spicer kept alive hope that such recordings might exist. "To get into a hypothetical at this point would be premature".

What's more, Trump reportedly tasked Sessions with coming up with the case for firing Comey.

Both Trump and his staff have yet to give a definitive answer on the existence of recording devices at the White House.

Tuesday's hearing will be the first time Sessions has testified in Congress since that recusal and Comey's ouster. Some Democrats said Trump's actions could amount to an obstruction of justice.

"The Attorney General has requested that this hearing be public". In addition, even Rod Rosenstein, his deputy, was not clear in his hearing whether he knew what his memo would be used for and who asked him to write it. Did he do anything after being asked by Comey?

When asked what she thought of Comey's testimony, in which he said Trump suggested he drop a probe into former National Security adviser Michael Flynn's Russian Federation contacts, Ivanka Trump said her father felt "very vindicated.and feels incredibly optimistic".

"He said he would testify", Schumer added.

"I don't remember real clearly", Comey answered. "Totally illegal? Very 'cowardly", he tweeted Sunday.

Other reports by TheSundaySentinel

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