US Lawmakers Await Sessions' Testimony

US Lawmakers Await Sessions' Testimony

US Lawmakers Await Sessions' Testimony

Sessions, whose contacts with Russia's ambassador to the US during the presidential campaign has sparked questions, agreed Saturday, June 10, to appear before the Senate intelligence committee as it investigates alleged Russian meddling in the election.

FILE - In this March 6, 2017, file photo, Attorney General Jeff Sessions speaks at the U.S. Customs and Border Protection office in Washington.

Sessions had been due to appear before the Senate Appropriations Committee tomorrow about the Justice Department's budget for 2018, but said the switch of hearing was necessary as it had become clear he would be questioned about Russian Federation.

Kamala Harris, D-Calif., asked Comey a series of questions about Sessions' involvement in the Russian Federation investigation during the two weeks between Trump expressing his "hope" that Comey could let go of the probe into former national security adviser Michael Flynn and Sessions' recusal from inquiries related to the election.

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In March, Mr. Sessions removed himself from any probe into alleged Russian meddling in the elections, but maintained he did nothing wrong by failing to disclose that he met a year ago with Russia's ambassador. During his January confirmation hearing he failed to disclose meetings he held with Russian officials.

Mr. Sessions had planned to appear before the Senate and House Appropriations Subcommittees, but the deputy attorney general will take his place, the letter said. Comey was leading that probe. 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.

Spokesman Spicer declined to say then that Sessions enjoyed Trump's confidence, though spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders said later in the week that the president had confidence "in all of his Cabinet".

Sessions, who came under criticism for failing to report meetings with the Russian ambassador, wrote a letter Saturday saying he wanted to answer questions raised during former FBI Director James B. Comey's testimony on Thursday.

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Comey also revealed at the congressional hearing that Trump's administration had lied and defamed him and the Federal Bureau of Investigation after the president dismissed him on May 9. The Washington Post and USA Today report that Sessions' appearance is expected to be closed.

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WYDEN: Let me turn to the attorney general.

Sessions said his decision to accept the intelligence committee's invitation to appear was due in part to Comey's testimony.

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