How to Watch Jeff Sessions's Senate Testimony on Tuesday

Attorney General Jeff Sessions to appear before Senate intelligence committee

Attorney General Jeff Sessions to appear before Senate intelligence committee

Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn, an intelligence committee member, said senators were still deciding whether Sessions would be asked to testify in a classified briefing after the public hearing.

The hearing is now set to begin at 2:30 p.m. ET on Tuesday in open session.

"We were also aware of facts that I can't discuss in an open setting that would make his continued engagement in a Russia-related investigation problematic", Comey said during his open hearing.

When it was first scheduled, the hearing was part of the annual budget appropriations process.

Last Thursday, fired FBI Director James Comey had many glued to the TV when he testified before the same committe.

Before Comey testified, Trump suggested there might be a White House recording of their private dinner, which Comey said he hopes there is. Sessions is expected to be asked questions about possible contact with Russian officials during and after the transition.

Comey did take issue with the February New York Times report during his testimony last week.

The president denied trying to interfere with the investigation and said he would be willing to testify under oath about his interactions with Comey.

Comey also told the Senate panel he had thought Sessions would recuse himself from the Russian Federation probe earlier than he did, for undisclosed reasons that are classified.

Comey said Trump told Sessions and other administration officials to leave the room before Trump asked him in February to drop a probe into former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn's contacts with Russian Federation.

As attorney general, Sessions has quickly worked to undo Obama-era policies.

First, Democrats will grill him on Comey's revelations -- for instance his claim that Sessions appeared to recognize the inappropriateness of Trump's request to meet the Federal Bureau of Investigation director alone on February 14.

Sessions won't be able to tell senators what went on in the meeting - the president had ordered him out of the Oval Office, along with other officials, before speaking privately with Comey, according to Comey's testimony.

It has never been clear how Sessions could have recused himself from the Russian Federation investigation, but still involved himself in the decision to fire the FBI director, given that the decision to fire Comey was directly linked to the Russian Federation investigation.

"If Jeff Sessions refuses to answer questions tomorrow, he's going to refuse to answer questions tomorrow", Toobin said.

After almost five months of living apart, Trump's wife, Melania, announced Sunday that she and the couple's young son, Barron, have moved into the presidential mansion.

During his confirmation hearing in January, Sessions said he had not met with any Russians during the campaign.

Sessions, an early Trump supporter, recused himself in March from oversight of the FBI's probe into possible cooperation between the Trump campaign and the Russians when his meetings with Kislyak became known.

Lawmakers, including Al Franken of Minnesota and Patrick Leahy of Vermont, have asked the FBI to investigate and to determine whether Sessions committed perjury when he denied having had meetings with Russians. In addition, even Rod Rosenstein, his deputy, was not clear in his hearing whether he knew what his memo would be used for and who asked him to write it.

As these investigations remain ongoing, no substantive evidence exists that shows the Trump campaign worked with Moscow.

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