Sessions to answer questions in public about Russian Federation dealings

US attorney general to face questions on Comey firing Russia

That announcement reportedly caused some tension between him and the White House, who saw Sessions' recusal as a sign of weakness, according to multiple news outlets.

"The attorney general has requested that this hearing be public", said spokeswoman Sarah Isgur Flores.

Democratic Senator Jack Reed said on Sunday he would question U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions why he was involved in the firing last month of FBI Director James Comey after he had recused himself from matters relating to the Russian Federation probe. He vowed to defend his honor "against scurrilous and false allegations".

Until the panel chairman's statement it had been unclear whether Mr Sessions would testify in an open or closed setting. "The Attorney General was not silent; he responded to this comment by saying that the Federal Bureau of Investigation and Department of Justice needed to be careful about following appropriate policies regarding contacts with the White House".

Sessions's testimony comes as the committee probes potential collusions between President Donald Trump's campaign team and an alleged Russian campaign aimed at skewing the 2016 presidential race in his favor. He never, he insisted, knew anything about the Russian Federation probe or had any role in it. Comey told senators that Sessions responded by "just kind of looking at me". "I felt I was required to under the rules of the Department of Justice".

2. Why did Comey assume Sessions would recuse himself earlier than he did? Comey said in testimony before the Senate Intelligence Committee last week.

Back here in Washington, the long-awaited testimony from fired FBI Director James Comey may be over, but the reverberations are certainly not. What can you tell us about this? There are none, Sen. I think it is a reasonable question.

"His body language gave me the sense, like, 'What am I going to do?'" Comey said.

Chris Ruddy, the CEO of Newsmax Media and a close friend to the president, said Monday he believed Trump was considering dismissing Mueller.

Sessions to answer questions in public about Russian Federation dealings
Sessions to answer questions in public about Russian Federation dealings

"The Senate Intelligence Committee is the most appropriate forum for such matters, as it has been conducting an investigation and has access to relevant, classified information", he explained.

"Recommending Director Comey's firing would seem to be a violation of his recusal, and Attorney General Sessions needs to answer for that", Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-New York) said Monday. The president said he is willing to testify under oath on these points.

Media reports last week said Mr Sessions offered to resign because of tensions with Mr Trump over his decision to recuse himself from the FBI's Russian Federation probe.

"I am not sure he is the best performer under questioning from fellow senators". But the revelations forced Sessions to recuse himself from the Russian Federation investigation in March. He asserted that "I am protecting the right of the president to assert if it he chooses and there may be other privileges that may apply".

Though the Justice Department maintains that it has fully disclosed the extent of Mr Sessions' foreign contacts previous year, he has continued to be pressed for answers about an April 2016 event at the Mayflower Hotel in Washington, where both Mr Sessions and Mr Kislyak attended a foreign policy speech by Mr Trump. Sessions and Kislyak met at least twice previous year. Trump rewarded his loyalty on the campaign by tapping him as the nation's top law enforcement officer. Sessions, a former senator, later issued a clarification saying he had met with the ambassador.

Asked about the request by Sen.

White House spokesman Sean Spicer did not explicitly endorse Sessions' appearance, saying in response to a question, "We're aware of it, and we'll go from there". Did Sessions have an inkling that Trump had an improper reason for wanting to talk to Comey alone?

"I do not" Sessions said when asked whether he knows whether the president records his conversations. I don't know if he intentionally lied. "Rubio, probably so", Sessions added, when Rubio asked whether any such tapes would have to be preserved.

Material from The Associated Press was used in this report.

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