Sessions To Testify In Front Of Senate Intel Committee Tuesday

Sessions To Testify In Front Of Senate Intel Committee Tuesday

Sessions To Testify In Front Of Senate Intel Committee Tuesday

In light of former Federal Bureau of Investigation director James B. Comey's testimony last week, Sessions was expected to get many questions from lawmakers about his contacts with Russian officials during the 2016 election campaign.

WASHINGTON — Attorney General Jeff Sessions is in for sharp questioning by senators Tuesday on the extent of his contacts with Russian officials during the presidential campaign and of his involvement in the firing of Federal Bureau of Investigation chief James Comey.

In a letter on Saturday to Senator Richard Shelby Mr Sessions said that he had been scheduled to discuss the Justice Department budget before House and Senate Appropriations sub-committees but that it had become clear some members would focus their questions on the Russian Federation investigation.

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Lawmakers on the appropriations committees had indicated an interest in questioning Sessions on Russian meddling in last year's presidential election rather than on the Department of Justice's budget, as was scheduled, leading to the decision, according to the letters.

Mr Sessions recused himself in March from a federal investigation into contacts between Russia and the presidential campaign of Donald Trump after acknowledging that he had met twice previous year with the Russian ambassador to the United States.

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He had told politicians at his January confirmation hearing that he had not met with Russians during the campaign.

He said Trump reached out to him again after the inauguration but he refused to call back, shortly before he was sacked.

In a letter Saturday to Sen.

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Mr Sessions, who will appear before the Senate Intelligence Committee on Tuesday, said it was important he had an opportunity to address matters raised by the agency's former director. 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. But on Saturday, after senators made clear they would zero in on Sessions's connections to Russia, Sessions shifted his plan, opting to address the Senate Intelligence Committee. He would likely face questions from senators not only about meetings with Kislyak and subsequent recusal from the federal Russian Federation probe, but also about his involvement with the President's firing of Comey last month considering Sessions' recusal from the Russian Federation investigation, which Comey had been leading. Sessions refused. He may also be under a cloud of suspicion after Comey, in his devastating testimony, suggested the attorney general may have failed to take appropriate steps to protect the Federal Bureau of Investigation chief. The fact that Sessions would delegate that task showed the Russian Federation investigation was distracting him from his core duties. However, Comey said he could not discuss those in a public session.

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