Jeff Sessions to appear before Senate Intelligence committee

Nick Mcbride
June 13, 2017

And while Sessions agreed to testify publicly, there are questions about his motivations.

A Justice Department official told CNN on Sunday that department officials expected the hearing would be closed but said the final decision was up to the Senate committee.

The Atlantic reports extensively on Trump's first foreign policy speech, which took place April 27, 2016, at the Mayflower Hotel in Washington, D.C. - where Sessions and Trump both encountered Kislyak, who sat in the front row as the GOP candidate promised to improve relations between the USA and Russian Federation.

Lawmakers, including Al Franken of Minnesota and Patrick Leahy of Vermont, have asked the FBI to investigate and to determine if Sessions committed perjury when he denied having had meetings with Russians. This gets at the issue of the Sessions recusal from the Russian Federation investigation writ large.

Collins said such a conversation was "clearly wrong on the president's part", stopping short of calling it obstruction of justice, a step few Republicans or Democrats in Congress were willing to make on the Sunday morning political shows following Comey's testimony. The DOJ reiterated this week that the sole reason for the recusal was Sessions' involvement in Trump's campaign. Lankford is on the intelligence committee, the forum for last week's riveting Comey testimony and Tuesday's hearing.

Senators on that committee are expected to question Sessions about his meetings with Russians - a topic that has come under increased scrutiny amid investigations into Russian meddling in the US presidential election.

Sessions' testimony comes less than a week after Comey's explosive account before the same panel in which he asserted that President Trump fired him in order to derail the bureau's wide-ranging investigation into possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russian officials.

What were these facts and the "problematic" information Comey alluded to? Comey was leading that probe. Sessions has called those allegations "false charges", and said they were hurtful and has tried to move past them.

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Comey testified on Thursday that he was never informed of the parameters of Sessions' recusal. Sen.

In his defense, Sessions could cite a memo written by Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein that criticized Comey over the Hillary Clinton email investigation.

Comey said he could address the details only in a classified setting - begging the question of what was asked and answered. But: "I think there's absolutely evidence to begin a case". Is there any request from the President or any other official in the White House that has made you uncomfortable since you were sworn in as attorney general?

In addition, Comey has said Sessions did not respond when he complained that he did not want to be left alone with Trump again. Did you know Trump would ask him to drop the Flynn probe?

During his testimony last week, Comey said he had notes of meetings with Trump in which the president asked him for a pledge of personal loyalty and to drop the Russian Federation investigation as it pertained to former national security adviser Flynn.

The attorney general could also face questions about whether he met Kislyak on a third occasion. Trump also expressed frustrations with Sessions, one of his earliest high-profile campaign backers.

The meetings were among a series Sessions conducted with ambassadors and foreign policy experts, who understood his role to be that of a Trump campaign surrogate and not senator.

After Trump had cleared the room, Comey said Chief of Staff "Reince Priebus leaned in through the door by the grandfather clock and I could see a group of people waiting behind him".

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