USA attorney general next in scandal's spotlight

U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions addresses the National Law Enforcement Conference on Human Exploitation in Atlanta Georgia U.S

U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions addresses the National Law Enforcement Conference on Human Exploitation in Atlanta Georgia U.S

WASHINGTON (AP) — Attorney General Jeff Sessions, whose contacts with Russia's ambassador to the US during the presidential campaign have sparked questions, agreed Saturday to appear before the Senate intelligence committee as it investigates alleged Russian meddling in the election.

The attorney-general may face sharper questioning from the intelligence committee, which has had access to intelligence materials in its inquiry into the Russian meddling.

The Senate Appropriations Committee had called in the attorney general to testify about budget issues.

Fellow Republicans pressed President Donald Trump on Sunday to come clean about whether he has tapes of private conversations with former FBI Director James Comey and provide them to Congress if he does - or possibly face a subpoena, as a Senate investigation into collusion with Russian Federation or obstruction of justice extended to a Trump Cabinet member.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions has agreed to appear before the Senate Intelligence committee. Lankford is on the intelligence committee, the forum for last week's riveting Comey testimony and Tuesday's hearing.

Sessions said he wanted to appear before the panel to address questions about him that arose last week during former FBI Director James Comey's testimony.

Comey delivered a scathing testimony Thursday at the highly anticipated Senate hearing, saying Trump sought to derail a probe into onetime national security advisor Michael Flynn.

Sessions did not specify whether he would testify in an open or closed setting.

He had told politicians at his January confirmation hearing that he had not met with Russians during the campaign.

She described Comey's testimony as "candid" and "thorough" and said she would support a subpoena if needed.

It later came out in closed session questioning that Sessions had yet another meeting with Russian ambassador to the US and purported spymaster Sergey Kislyak.

Kamala Harris, D-Calif., asked Comey a series of questions about Sessions' involvement in the Russian Federation investigation during the two weeks between Trump expressing his "hope" that Comey could let go of the probe into former national security adviser Michael Flynn and Sessions' recusal from inquiries related to the election.

"Our judgment, as I recall, is that [Sessions] was very close to and inevitably going to recuse himself for a variety of reasons".

He testified that he had not met with Russian government officials during the campaign, but later was obliged to change that account.

WYDEN: Let me turn to the attorney general.

A Justice Department spokeswoman has said that no such meeting occurred.

In March, Mr. Sessions removed himself from any probe into alleged Russian meddling in the elections, but maintained he did nothing wrong by failing to disclose that he met a year ago with Russia's ambassador. The Senate panel is investigating allegations of Russian meddling in the 2016 US presidential election.

In written testimony Comey said he told Sessions it was "inappropriate" for him to leave the Federal Bureau of Investigation director alone with the president, and that Sessions "did not reply".

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