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Attorney General Jeff Sessions to publicly testify Tuesday to Senate Intelligence committee

Attorney General Jeff Sessions to publicly testify Tuesday to Senate Intelligence committee

Attorney General Jeff Sessions' upcoming Senate Intelligence Committee testimony should be made publicly, as it won't likely be about national security issues, Sen. "He believes it is important for the American people to hear the truth directly from him and looks forward to answering the committee's questions tomorrow".

Sessions' testimony is scheduled to begin at 2:30 p.m. Tuesday.

"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.

The Justice Department has denied that, saying Sessions stressed to Comey the need to be careful about following appropriate policies. He asked to testify instead before the Senate Intelligence Committee, but it had been unclear whether that hearing would be open to the public. Jack Reed, D-R.I., said he also has questions about Sessions' participation in Comey's firing.

Discussions with the attorney general on topics within the scope of the President's constitutional duties ordinarily would be protected, lawyers say.

A Justice Department official who spoke on condition of anonymity initially said the department expected Sessions to testify in closed session but later stressed that the decision was up to the panel's Republican chairman, Senator Richard Burr. That's what I think he's going to be considerably anxious about.

On Thursday, Comey told senators that Federal Bureau of Investigation leadership was convinced Sessions would inevitably remove himself given his previously undisclosed contacts with a Russian ambassador and given that "career people were recommending that he recuse himself".

"My sense was the attorney general knew he shouldn't be leaving, which is why he was lingering", Comey said last week.

Sessions has been dogged by the Russian Federation investigation.

And asked for the facts about Sessions and Russia, democratic senators have told NPR that seems to be a reference to a possible third meeting Sessions had with the Russian ambassador a year ago that was undisclosed.

Sessions on Saturday said he would appear before the intelligence committee, which has been doing its own investigation into Russian contacts with the Trump campaign.

But Sessions will be able to corroborate, or not, details of Comey's version of events before and after the encounter, during which, Comey says, Trump all but directed him to back off an investigation into retired Army Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn, who until hours earlier had been Trump's national security adviser.

Though we may not learn a lot about the Russian Federation investigation, we will be able to better assess Sessions' survival by the end of the day.

During his testimony, Comey said Trump had specifically excluded Sessions and other top administration officials from the meeting where the president discussed Flynn's possible exposure.

Democrats plan to ask about his contacts during the 2016 campaign with the Russian ambassador to the United States, Sergey Kislyak, which the attorney general failed to disclose fully during his confirmation hearing. "If this is trying to interfere in a process of any investigation, it doesn't seem like it was, number one, very effective, and number two, came up a couple of times in a conversation".

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