Jeff Sessions: Trump's attorney general to testify in public on Russian Federation

  • Jeff Sessions: Trump's attorney general to testify in public on Russian Federation

Jeff Sessions: Trump's attorney general to testify in public on Russian Federation

Senators are expected to hone in on Comey's recounting of a February 14 White House meeting where Trump pressed the director to drop the FBI's inquiry into national security adviser Michael Flynn.

Sessions, an early and ardent supporter of U.S. President Donald Trump's 2016 election campaign, would be the highest government official to testify before the Senate intelligence committee in its probe of allegations that Russian Federation may have sought to interfere in the election.

CNN reported last week that former FBI Director James Comey told senators in a closed session that Sessions might have met with Kislyak a third time.

Through a spokesman, Rep. Dana Rohrabacher, R-Calif., said that "Mr. Sessions stands athwart an overwhelming majority of Americans and even, sadly, against veterans and other suffering Americans who we now know conclusively are helped dramatically by medical marijuana". Multiple reports have cited sources saying that central to that split was Trump's belief that Sessions should never have recused himself from overseeing the Russian Federation probe.

In a statement issued after the testimony, the Justice Department denied that account on behalf of Sessions. Comey declined to elaborate in an open setting and Sessions accepted the intelligence committee's invitation to appear in part so he could address those comments. And, finally, Comey raised some questions about why Sessions played a role in his firing last month if Sessions were truly hands-off on the Russian Federation probe. In addition, James Comey implied that there were other, nebulous, reasons that Sessions walked away from the Russian Federation investigation.

Federal Election Commission records indicate that some members of Mueller's team have made political donations to Democrats, according to a CNN report.

Initially, Sessions expected to testify in a closed-door session, said two sources familiar with the attorney general's thinking. I do have questions for the attorney general.

"To get to a hypothetical at this point would be premature", he added.

They will also likely inquire about any discussions Sessions had with President Trump before Comey's dismissal. He offered no specifics, so Sessions will probably be grilled about that as well.

It's not clear if Sessions meant to pay penance to Trump after their relationship strained over the President's concerns that Sessions burned him by stepping aside from the Russian Federation probe - but he did a good job defending the White House anyway. Trump later said in an interview with NBC News's Lester Holt that he was going to fire Comey "regardless of the recommendation" and that he was thinking of the investigations into Russian involvement in the 2016 election when he chose to let the FBI director go.

But reports of a possible third meeting between Sessions and Kislyak have occupied congressional investigators since then.

First, Democrats will grill him on Comey's revelations - for instance, his claim that Sessions appeared to recognize the inappropriateness of Trump's request to meet the Federal Bureau of Investigation director alone on February 14. "I knew that Director Comey, long-time experienced in the Department of Justice, could handle himself well", Sessions told Sen.

Sessions is the first of six high-level officials Comey said were asked to leave the room.

"I have a recollection of him just kind of looking at me", Comey testified.

Sessions recused himself on March 2 from the Justice Department's probe into interference by the Russians in the election.

The attorney general said early on that as someone who'd been a campaign partner and advocate for the president, he felt it wasn't appropriate for him to be in charge of any inquiry into how it had been conducted.