AG Jeff Sessions' testimony will be public, Senate committee says

AG Jeff Sessions' testimony will be public, Senate committee says

AG Jeff Sessions' testimony will be public, Senate committee says

Some Democrats said Trump's actions could amount to an obstruction of justice.

"I know him to be an honorable man, and I think this is just a chance for him to put all that to rest", Cornyn said.

It says Sessions, along with other campaign officials, was at the Mayflower Hotel a year ago for an event.

And then an ally of President Donald Trump suggested the president is thinking about firing the special counsel investigating the Russian Federation issue. Multiple sources confirmed that the president was disappointed with the attorney general's recusal - a decision Trump only learned about minutes before it was announced in March.

Trump told reporters Friday he'd have something to say about the tapes "soon", but White House officials haven't given a solid answer about whether they exist - though members of Congress have called for them as evidence if they do.

As mentioned above, since Attorney General Sessions is not testifying at hearings on the Justice Department budget, he'll be replaced by the Deputy Attorney General, Rod Rosenstein - who appointed Robert Mueller as Special Counsel for the Russian Federation probe.

Some of the questions likely to be posed to Sessions will focus on his meetings with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak during the campaign.

And would Sessions and Rosenstein risk being fired themselves and refuse to fire Mueller? He added that "if there were good cause, I would consider it".

Rosenstein said Trump has not discussed the special counsel with him.

U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions looks on during a meeting with U.S. President Donald Trump in the Cabinet Room of the White House June 12, 2017 in Washington, DC.

Under questioning from Sen. Sessions wants a chance to respond - questions about whether the FBI was in possession of some facts about Sessions in Russian Federation that would make it clear Sessions would have to recuse from that investigation. The fact that Sessions would delegate that task showed the Russian Federation investigation was distracting him from his core duties. DOJ says the attorney general reminded Comey about the DOJ policy.

That's why the reports last week that Sessions offered to resign over a new, incredible strain between the two, was surprising.

In a statement Thursday night, the Justice Department asserted that the only reason Sessions recused himself was because of his participation in the Trump campaign.

Feinstein said she did not necessarily believe Trump was unfit for office, as House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi has asserted, but said he has a "destabilizing effect" on government.

Trump on Sunday accused Comey of "cowardly" leaks and predicted many more from him.

"Right now you have people that are stuck in a way that anytime new information comes out, 'let's assume it's all fake news, '" he said.

"I don't know Sen. I have confidence in Bob Mueller".

After that testimony the attorney general switched a previous plan to appear before the Senate Appropriations Committee to speak on budget issues, saying he would instead address the Intelligence Committee.

Whether that hearing will be public or closed is not known.

"The Attorney General has requested that this hearing be public".

"We considered whether to tell the attorney general, decided that didn't make sense because we believed, rightly, that he was shortly going to recuse", Comey testified.

Sessions will likely be asked whether he played a role in Trump's surprise decision to fire FBI Director James Comey last month - a move that caused Trump's critics to charge that he was trying to interfere with a criminal investigation.

People are waiting for Sessions' testimony, as his earlier responses to pointed questions do not bode well for Trump.

Sessions on Saturday said he would appear before the Intelligence Committee, which has been conducting its own investigation into Russian contacts with the Trump campaign.

The former Federal Bureau of Investigation director also testified that he and the agency had believed that Sessions was "inevitably going to recuse" for reasons he said he could not elaborate on.

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