US Attorney General to testify before Congress over contacts with Russian Federation

Attorney General Sessions next up for Capitol Hill scrutiny

Attorney General Sessions next up for Capitol Hill scrutiny

Sessions is expected to be asked about his involvement in the firing of former Federal Bureau of Investigation director James Comey, who testified before the Senate Intel Committee on Thursday.

The ex-FBI director said federal law enforcement had expected Sessions to recuse himself from the investigation into the Trump campaign and Russian Federation, strongly suggesting he knew more than has been publicly revealed about Sessions's contacts with Moscow officials.

Spicer declined to say then that Sessions enjoyed Trump's confidence, though spokesman Sarah Huckabee Sanders said later in the week that the president had confidence "in all of his Cabinet".

However, it was not immediately clear if he would testify in public or private.

Reed said he also wants to know if Sessions had more meetings with Russian officials as a Trump campaign adviser than have been disclosed. He said Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein would appear before the subcommittees.

"We also were 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.

This is perhaps the most important outstanding question Sessions could face.

Newsmax CEO Chris Ruddy told Judy Woodruff of "PBS NewsHour": "I think he's considering perhaps terminating the special counsel".

Pressure mounted at the start of the week following reports that Sessions offered his resignation to Trump because the President blamed Sessions for exacerbating his Russian Federation problems by recusing himself from the probe. "I don't know, and so I don't have an answer for the question". Sessions could be asked about that part of Comey's testimony as well as his role in Comey's firing last month.

This is where Sessions' recusal could really come under the microscope.

He called for Sessions to clarify what involvement he had in the Russian Federation probe before his recusal; what "safeguards" are now in place; and why he "felt it was appropriate" to recommend Comey's firing when he was leading that investigation. The Justice Department has said that Sessions held the meetings in his capacity as a senator.

The announcement caps the drama that started over the weekend when Sessions canceled two appearances Tuesday, citing former Comey's blistering testimony last week. "He didn't say anything".

The former Republican senator took over the Justice Department with a tough-on-crime agenda that included quashing illegal immigration, rooting out drug gangs and leading the charge in helping cities fight spikes in violence. It's a curious way to respect a recusal, and the attorney general ought to explain why he believed it was appropriate for him to offer a recommendation on Comey's fate to the president. Only a few people at Justice in the White House should be in touch with each other.

Now one day ahead of Sessions' testimony before the Senate intelligence committee, Warren voiced strong thoughts about her former colleague. Did Comey relate that in a closed door session?

A number of members are concerned Sessions may be attempting to avoid testifying in public by scrapping his previously scheduled Senate and House Appropriations appearances this week, where he was expected to be grilled on issues related to the federal investigation into Russia's efforts to influence the United States election, several sources say. Sen.

Sessions, who has recused himself from the Trump-Russia investigation over his failure to divulge, in his confirmation hearing, information about his contacts with Russian officials, is expected to push back on Comey's testimony from Thursday. The matter is also being investigated by several congressional panels, including the Senate Intelligence Committee. While the hearing will be held in public, there has been no time scheduled - at least as of Monday morning - for Sessions to stick around and testify in a closed hearing to discuss classified matters, according to those aides, who were not authorized to speak publicly on the matter.

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