US Attorney General To Testify Publicly At Senate Hearing

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Comey explained that he is aware of facts about Session's recusal that he can not explain in an open session which would make the AG's continued engagement in a probe on Russian Federation problematic.

"There's no doubt that conversations that involve national security in a real sense are potentially protected by an executive privilege", Amann said.

FILE - In this March 6, 2017, file photo, Attorney General Jeff Sessions speaks at the U.S. Customs and Border Protection office in Washington.

Senators are expected to hone in on Comey's recounting of a February 14 White House meeting where Trump pressed the director to drop the FBI's inquiry into national security adviser Michael Flynn.

-Feinstein acknowledged she "would have a queasy feeling, too" if Comey's testimony was true that Loretta Lynch, as President Barack Obama's attorney general, had directed him to describe the FBI probe into Hillary Clinton's email practices as merely a "matter" and to avoid calling it an investigation. According to sources familiar with the closed briefing, former Federal Bureau of Investigation director James Comey said Sessions may have met with Kislyak a third time. And on Tuesday, odds are good that Sessions may also not respond to some of the most pressing questions at the hearing.

Democratic Sen. Ron Wyden of OR, also a member of the intelligence panel, sent a letter to panel Chairman Richard Burr of North Carolina and Warner asking for the hearing to be open.

Sessions is the first of six high-level officials Comey said were asked to leave the room.

Though the Justice Department maintains that it has fully disclosed the extent of Sessions' foreign contacts past year, lawmakers have continued to press him for answers about an April 2016 event at the Mayflower Hotel in Washington, where both Sessions and Kislyak attended a foreign policy speech by Trump. "The Senate and the American people deserve to know exactly what involvement with the Russian investigation he had before his recusal, what safeguards are in place to prevent his meddling, and why he felt it was appropriate to recommend the firing of Director Comey when he was leading that investigation".

All eyes on Capitol Hill again Tuesday as Attorney General Jeff Sessions will testify in front of the Senate Intelligence Committee.

But federal investigators have not confirmed the meeting happened, and the Justice Department has denied it occurred. You need to testify before both in public. "You can't run forever", Leahy tweeted.

Reports from the White House indicate that that recusal has been a sore spot between President Donald Trump and Sessions.

But his testimony will be a dramatic sequel to the fired FBI chief's tour de force that twisted a knife in President Donald Trump's administration over the Russian Federation investigation and still has Washington buzzing.

Mr Trump had himself attributed his dismissal of Mr Comey to the Russian Federation investigation.

Sessions will be asked why he failed to disclose at least one meeting with the Russian ambassador on his security clearance paperwork.

While it is not unusual for political campaigns to have contact with foreign officials, Sessions recused himself from the inquiry in March after media reports said he had not disclosed two previous meetings a year ago with Russian Ambassador Sergei Kislyak. "I believe the James Comey leaks will be far more prevalent than anyone ever thought possible. Totally illegal? Very 'cowardly!'", he wrote.

"If, as the president said, I was sacked because of the Russian Federation investigation, why was the attorney general involved in that chain?"

The original schedule of the AG is to testify on Tuesday with the House and Senate Appropriations subcommittee panels. "If there aren't tapes, he should let that be known. No more game playing", Schumer said on CBS. Republican Senator Lindsey Graham said on Sunday that Trump was getting in the way of his own agenda.

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