Jeff Sessions may combat Comey testimony

Lauren Perry
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 United States politics, sidelining President Trump's domestic agenda.

Mr Comey testified last week before the same panel.

While answering questions about why he didn't alert other officials about Trump's request that he end his investigation of former national security adviser Michael Flynn, Comey said that FBI officials long expected Sessions to recuse himself from overseeing the Russian Federation probe.

After the White House wouldn't give Sessions a full-throated public endorsement, Comey told senators that Sessions may have had a third, undisclosed meeting with the Russian ambassador to the US, Sergey Kislyak.

The former Republican US senator from Alabama, one of Mr. Trump's most avid supporters on the campaign trail, will likely have to explain why he told lawmakers in January he had no dealings with Kremlin officials previous year.

The Trump administration fired Comey in early May, citing his handling of the Hillary Clinton email investigation during the 2016 U.S. presidential elections. "He believes it is important for the American people to hear the truth directly from him and looks forward to answering the committee's questions tomorrow".

He is scheduled to testify from 7.30pm Irish time.

The intelligence panel "is the most appropriate forum for such matters, as it has been conducting an investigation and has access to relevant, classified information", he added.

White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders told reporters later that Trump thought Sessions "did a very good job" and was especially "strong" on denying any collusion between Trump's campaign and Russian Federation. The White House has denied any collusion with Moscow.

"This, for me, is about (something) bigger than what it means for 2018, what this means for 2020 and what this means - this is defending the institution of democracy", he said.

President Donald Trump smiles during a Cabinet meeting, Monday, June 12, 2017, in the Cabinet Room of the White House in Washington.

Later, Comey said he was so uncomfortable that he went to Sessions to "implore" him "to prevent any future direct communication between the President and me".

Comey also said he thinks Trump fired him over the Russian Federation investigation.

In addition to Sessions' possible testimony, the question remains whether or not Trump taped his conversations with Comey.

Feinstein, who used to chair the Senate Intelligence Committee and is the top Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee, tossed a curveball back at the attorney general, arguing he should testify publicly before the seasoned lawyers and prosecutors of the Judiciary Committee.

Comey was leading that probe.

"That's just not going to be acceptable", said Sen.

"I do not", Sessions said when asked whether he knows whether the president records his conversations. "I don't think that should continue", Republican National Committee Chairwoman Ronna Romney McDaniel said on "Fox News Sunday".

Other reports by VgToday

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