Sessions to face sharp questions on Russia contacts

Sessions to face sharp questions on Russia contacts

Blake Casey
June 14, 2017

Mr. Sessions' testimony before the Senate Intelligence Committee, scheduled to start at 2:30 p.m., has the potential for high drama as the Russian Federation probe continues to dominate U.S. politics, sidelining President Trump's domestic agenda.

Pressure mounted at the start of the week following reports that Sessions offered his resignation to Trump because the President blamed Sessions for exacerbating his Russian Federation problems by recusing himself from the probe.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions will testify at a public hearing of the Senate intelligence committee Tuesday afternoon, the committee said in a statement.

Lawmakers for weeks have demanded answers from Sessions, particularly about meetings he had last summer and fall with the Russian ambassador to the United States. Mark Warner, D-Va., vice chair and ranking Democrat, jointly announced that Sessions would testify Tuesday at 2:30 p.m. ET "in open session".

The announcement caps the drama that started over the weekend when Sessions canceled two appearances Tuesday, citing former Comey's blistering testimony last week. But senators on the committee are expected to question Sessions about his meetings with Russians - a topic that's come under increased scrutiny amid investigations into Russia's interference in the US election.

Nearly a month after suggesting that he recorded conversations with Comey in the White House, writing in an early-morning Twitter message that "Comey better hope that there are no "tapes" of our conversations", the president has yet to definitely answer the question of whether any such tapes even exist. He said at his January confirmation hearing that he had not met with Russians during the campaign.

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The fired Federal Bureau of Investigation chief has no reason to be anxious, say legal experts, yet Republicans have targeted Comey with legal threats after he revealed in his testimony that he shared his own unclassified Federal Bureau of Investigation memos with a reporter through a friend and professor at Columbia Law School. The committee shortly after said the hearing would be open. The Justice Department has denied that, saying Sessions stressed to Comey the need to be careful about following appropriate policies.

She said Sessions should also testify before the Judiciary Committee, because it was better suited to explore legal questions of possible obstruction. Multiple sources confirmed that the president was disappointed with the attorney general's recusal - a decision Trump only learned about minutes before it was announced in March.

White House spokesman Sean Spicer on Monday said Mr.

One of those administration officials, Admiral Michael Rogers, head of the National Security Agency, met with members of the Intelligence Committee in a closed-door session, according to the agency.

Stephanopoulos asked him directly--given that Trump accused Comey of perjury--if the Federal Bureau of Investigation should "pursue perjury charges against James Comey".