Fresh questions for US Attorney General -- and he'll answer in public

Lauren Perry
June 14, 2017

Questioned by Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR), Former FBI Director James Comey dropped a hint about some kind of information with regards to Attorney General Sessions and the Russian Federation investigation, which Comey was convinced would lead to Sessions recusing himself from the Russian Federation probe.

Sessions is scheduled to testify from 2:30 p.m. (1830GMT) on Tuesday.

Sessions' public testimony before the Senate Intelligence Committee is expected to dredge up all the outstanding questions about alleged Trump-Russia ties.

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Jay Sekulow, a member of President Trump's private legal team, said Sunday on ABC News' "This Week" that Trump will address the existence of any recordings in the coming week.

"Our judgment, as I recall, was that he was very close [to the campaign] and inevitably going to recuse himself", Comey said during his testimony.

Reed, further, said he has questions about Sessions' past meetings with Russian officials beyond those he's already declared.

After Comey's testimony last week, House and Senate investigators asked the White House to provide any record of conversations between Trump and Comey. While Sessions used to frequently answer questions from reporters after public appearances discussing his criminal justice initiatives, he stopped in late April, just before Comey was dismissed.

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.

Sessions also is likely to face questions about Comey's cryptic assertion that the FBI knew of a "problematic" reason that Sessions should not oversee the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election. If you go back to Comey's testimony of last week, he was asked why the Federal Bureau of Investigation leadership had not briefed Sessions on some of the conversations that Comey had with President Trump.

Sessions had previously agreed to testify publicly before the Senate Committee on Appropriations, which has oversight responsibilities for the Department of Justice.

There has been no anouncement whether Sessions will testify in an open or closed hearing.

President Donald Trump speaks with Attorney General Jeff Sessions as they attend the National Peace Officers Memorial Service on the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., on May 15.

A day before Comey appeared before the Senate intelligence panel, National Security Agency Director Mike Rogers and Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats, also members of Trump's Cabinet, took the stand.

In addition, Comey has said Sessions did not respond when he complained that he did not want to be left alone with Trump again. But: "I think there's absolutely evidence to begin a case".

"The Committee can negotiate with the Administration to get answers to narrower or different questions or to get answers in a closed session", Lisa Kern Griffin, a professor at Duke University School of Law, told CNN. Sessions claims the meetings were unrelated to his work as a Trump advisor, and occurred only as part of his normal duties as a Senator.

On Monday, the White House did not rule out the possibility of Sessions invoking executive privilege at some point during his testimony.

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