Attorney General Sessions requests his testimony be public

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"It depends on the scope of the questions", White House press secretary Sean Spicer said, but wouldn't elaborate.

Following Comey's testimony last week, both Democratic and GOP senators were interested in knowing why Sessions was involved in the Federal Bureau of Investigation director's firing, reports CBS News' Nancy Cordes.

In an interview Monday on Fox News' "Fox & Friends", Ivanka Trump says political life still surprises her and that "there is a level of viciousness I was not expecting". She described Comey's testimony as "candid" and "thorough" and said she would support a subpoena of any tapes if needed. Sen. He said he would agree to dismiss Mueller only if there were a legitimate basis to do so. The president said he is willing to testify under oath on these points.

"I'm not going to follow any orders unless I believe those are proper and appropriate orders", he said.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions will face questions about the firing of FBI Director James Comey and any undeclared meetings with Russian officials when he goes before a US Senate hearing, becoming the highest-ranking member of President Donald Trump's Cabinet to testify in the affair.

In a June 10 letter seen by news agencies, Sessions said he made his decision to appear before the Senate Intelligence Committee in light of testimony by former FBI Director James Comey to the same panel on June 8.

Senate Democrats have raised the possibility that Sessions and Kislyak could have met there, though Justice Department officials say there were no private encounters or side meetings. Chris Van Hollen of Maryland called it the "height of arrogance" for Sessions not to be present.

Senators, including Al Franken of Minnesota and Patrick Leahy of Vermont, have asked the FBI to investigate and to determine if Mr Sessions committed perjury when he denied having had meetings with Russians. Sessions recused himself from the investigation into Russian election interference and possible collusion with the Trump campaign after it was discovered he had two previous undisclosed meetings with the Russian ambassador.

During his January confirmation hearing, he failed to disclose meetings he held with Russian officials.

Sessions is expected to be grilled by the Senate committee on Tuesday over alleged contacts with Russian officials during the U.S. presidential campaign.

"The Committee can negotiate with the Administration to get answers to narrower or different questions or to get answers in a closed session", Lisa Kern Griffin, a professor at Duke University School of Law, told CNN. Trump had delayed an earlier plan to visit the state soon after his first foreign trip.

On May 9, Sessions wrote a letter to President Trump urging Comey's dismissal "based on my evaluation, and for the reasons expressed by the deputy attorney general in the attached memorandum".

While Comey did not run to tell Sessions of his concerns over what the President supposedly said about the investigation of Michael Flynn, Comey did say he asked Sessions to shield him from Mr. Trump, anxious by the President's phone calls and questions. "The idea that I was part of a "continuing exchange of information during the campaign between Trump surrogates and intermediaries for the Russian government" is totally false".

Comey said he believes the Russian Federation investigation was a reason for his firing "because I've seen the president say so". Though Trump did not accept it, he has expressed unhappiness with the justice department, which Sessions heads, in a series of posts on Twitter for watering down his travel ban.

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