Sessions to appear before Senate intelligence committee

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Following Comey's public testimony last Thursday, he told senators in a closed hearing that afternoon that Sessions may have had a third interaction with Russia's ambassador to the U.S., according to people familiar with the briefing.

On Tuesday Attorney General Jeff Sessions will appear before the Senate Intelligence Committee in a public hearing to give his testimony.

Trump's young presidency is facing an increasingly tense period, amid the congressional and Justice Department probes into Russia's interference in the 2016 election and ties to the Trump campaign.

Trump team has struggled to move the focus away from Russian Federation.

Former White House press secretary Ari Fleischer advised Trump to "stop talking" Sunday before he finds himself in legal trouble. His daughter, and top adviser, Ivanka Trump, is leading events focused on workforce development and college affordability.

"He was tricked into a one-on-one dinner with Donald Trump, which is definitely not the first time that that has happened".

Reports from the White House indicate that that recusal has been a sore spot between President Donald Trump and Sessions.

But Mr. Graham also reserved some criticism for Mr. Trump, who on Sunday morning took his harshest shot yet at Mr. Comey, calling him "very cowardly" in a tweet. Feinstein is the top Democrat on that panel and a member of both.

These are the most obvious questions - and frankly the reason Sessions finds himself in hot water.

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Questions have arisen about Sessions' own involvement in the Trump campaign and his meetings with Sergey Kislyak, the Russian ambassador to the US. That possibility could mean a closed hearing, unlike the drama of last Thursday with Comey. If Sessions has any information or even a view on this, it will be newsworthy.

"The Attorney General has requested that this hearing be public".

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Meanwhile, behind the scenes, Democrats on the Senate Intelligence Committee believe Sessions is trying to use their venue to duck public scrutiny.

No time has been scheduled for Sessions to testify separately in a closed hearing to discuss classified matters, according to Senate aides, who were not authorized to speak publicly on the matter. He had told lawmakers at his January confirmation hearing that he had not met with Russians during the campaign. "We will come to answers in the investigation".

Former FBI Director Comey testified last week that he made records of his interactions with the president because he felt the president might one day lie about those interactions.

Last week, Comey raised additional questions about Sessions' involvement, saying the FBI knew of reasons why it would be problematic for the attorney general to stay involved in the Russian Federation investigation well before Sessions recused himself in March. Trump's personal lawyer also challenged Comey's account, saying the president never asked for the investigation to be dropped. There's been no evidence of it.

And if Sessions was involved with that decision, in what other ways might he have continued to be involved with the Russian Federation inquiry even after announcing that he wouldn't take part? But he nearly certainly would avail himself as a witness to Mueller in any obstruction of justice investigation centered on his firing, or to further discuss requests he received from Trump that he interpreted as directives.

Though Comey joked at a Senate hearing one week before his May 9 firing that he perhaps regretted picking up the phone when he was recruited for the Federal Bureau of Investigation job while living comfortably in CT, he also was known to pepper speeches with cracks about the "soulless" private sector.



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