Sessions Says in Letter He'll Address Senate Intelligence Panel

Attorney General Jeff Sessions speaks in Central Islip N.Y

Attorney General Jeff Sessions speaks in Central Islip N.Y

Sessions, whose contacts with Russia's ambassador to the USA during the presidential campaign has sparked questions, agreed Saturday, June 10, to appear before the Senate intelligence committee as it investigates alleged Russian meddling in the election.

Following fired FBI Director James Comey's testimony last week "it is important that I have the opportunity to address these matters in the appropriate forum", Sessions wrote to Shelby, who chairs the Senate appropriations panel he was scheduled to address.

He said Deputy Attorney-General Rod Rosenstein would appear before the subcommittees. Trump "should voluntarily turn them over", Collins said. The DOJ fired back with a response saying Sessions recused himself only because he was involved in President Trump's 2016 presidential campaign.

Sessions had been scheduled to testify Tuesday before a joint appropriations subcommittee of Congress, but on Saturday he sent letters to the committee chairmen saying that the intelligence committee would be a better forum to answer questions about Russian Federation.

Sessions said his decision to accept the intelligence committee's invitation to appear was due in part to Comey's testimony.

Lankford said Sessions' testimony Tuesday will help flesh out the truth of Comey's allegations, including Sessions' presence at the White House in February when Trump asked to speak to Comey alone.

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. Sessions refused. He may also be under a cloud of suspicion after Comey, in his devastating testimony, suggested the attorney general may have failed to take appropriate steps to protect the Federal Bureau of Investigation chief.

Sessions' role in the ongoing probe into Trump campaign's alleged communications with Russian Federation has come under increased scrutiny since the testimony of former FBI Director James Comey this week. He had told lawmakers at his January confirmation hearing that he had not met with Russians during the campaign.

"This is going to prompt a lot of questions for him", the panel's top Democrat, Senator Patrick Leahy, told AFP of an appearance in which lawmakers will be eager to learn what role Sessions played in Comey's firing last month.

"In light of reports regarding Mr. Comey's recent testimony", the attorney general wrote in a letter Sen.

With Sessions already under fire for failing to disclose the two meetings with Russians, CNN reported last week that investigators were looking into a possible third Sessions meeting with Kislyak, on the sidelines of an April 27, 2016 campaign event in Washington. If you would like to discuss another topic, look for a relevant article.

Comey's testimony raised questions about Sessions' engagements with Russian Federation and his involvement in Comey's firing despite Sessions' recusal from the Russian Federation investigation, which Comey was leading. Feinstein said the Judiciary Committee should investigate.

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