Attorney General Jeff Sessions to testify publicly before Senate on Tuesday

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"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". "There are no records pertaining to your request", it said. Senator minority leader Chuck Schumer, a Democrat, took up that offer and invited Trump on Sunday to testify before a Senate committee.

Democratic Senate leader Chuck Schumer and fellow Democratic Senator Jack Reed questioned on Sunday why Sessions was involved in Trump's May 9 dismissal of Comey after he had recused himself from investigations of whether Russian Federation meddled in the election, possibly with help from Trump associates. He refused to divulge details about the president's promise last week that he would address the issue soon. The Justice Department has said that while Sessions was there, for a speech by Trump, there were no meetings or private encounters. "He's not waiting for anything".

"He was insane, a real nut job", Trump said about Comey, according to the document.

Comey's remarks drew an angry response from the president on Friday accusing Comey of lying.

In addition to the Senate Intelligence Committee's investigation into Russia's role in USA politics, special counsel Robert Mueller is leading an independent inquiry into Russia's meddling and potential links between Russians and the Trump campaign, after being appointed by Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein last month.

One aspect of the Comey hearing that was overwhelmed by the newsworthiness of his comments was his refusal to speak to the nature of Sessions' recusal from the Russian Federation investigation in an open hearing. Richard Shelby, R-Ala., Sessions said that he had been scheduled to discuss the Justice Department budget before House and Senate committees but it had become clear some members would focus their questions on the Russian Federation investigation. This cast a new spotlight on Sessions and made him a character to watch in the Russian Federation investigation. And, if Sessions was aware of the President's rationale, Reed said he expects that senators will ask why he did not remove himself from discussions about Comey.

Mr. Sessions, who was one of the first major Washington officeholders to support Mr. Trump on the campaign trail, has said his involvement in the campaign was the sole reason he recused himself from the investigation.

"It depends on the scope of the questions", White House press secretary Sean Spicer said when asked whether Sessions would invoke executive privilege. In fact, his own survival as attorney general, which has recently been a subject of much debate, could hinge on his performance before the Senate Intelligence Committee.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions has announced that he'll appear tomorrow before the House Intel Committee, where he'll testify about the claims James Comey made during his disastrous appearance.

"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", Sessions continued. "In reporting the phone call to the chief of staff to the attorney general, I said it appeared to be that he was trying to cultivate some kind of relationship", Bharara said. "That is exactly why our committee's oversight function and traditions are so important", they wrote.

Later, Comey said he was so uncomfortable that he went to Sessions to "implore" him "to prevent any future direct communication between the President and me". Does he simply want to get his side of the story out following Comey's testimony? Comey alleges that Trump then privately asked him to drop a probe into Flynn's contacts with Russian Federation.

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