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Attorney General Sessions to talk publicly to US Senate panel

Attorney General Sessions to talk publicly to US Senate panel

Attorney General Jeff Sessions needs to reveal what he knows specifically about the meetings between President Donald Trump and former FBI Director James Comey, a Republican congressman on the foreign affairs committee said Monday.

Sessions was a key figure in James Comey's testimony: The former Federal Bureau of Investigation director said the AG was one of those in the Oval Office on February 14 when President Trump dismissed his aides but asked Comey to stay behind. The letter did not say whether Sessions planned to give public testimony on Tuesday or to appear before the panel behind closed doors.

Democratic Senate leader Chuck Schumer and fellow Democratic Senator Jack Reed questioned on Sunday why Sessions was involved in Trump's May 9 dismissal of Comey after he had recused himself from investigations of whether Russian Federation meddled in the election, possibly with help from Trump associates.

Senators on that committee are expected to question Sessions about his meetings with Russians - a topic that has come under increased scrutiny amid investigations into Russian meddling in the US presidential election.

High-profile supporters of President Donald Trump are turning on special counsel Robert Mueller, the man charged with investigating Russian interference in the USA election and possible collusion with Trump's campaign.

Jeff Sessions was previously scheduled to testify before a joint appropriation subcommittee on Tuesday but he will now appear before the Intelligence Committee instead.

Sessions heads to Capitol Hill in a perilous position with his boss, with U.S. media reporting Trump has grown displeased with his attorney general, notably for his recusal on the Russian Federation probe.

Comey also suggested during that testimony that there might be more about Sessions' connection to Russians that he couldn't discuss in an unclassified setting.

A three-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a decision blocking the ban and said the president violated U.S. immigration law.

The announcement caps the drama that started over the weekend when Sessions canceled two appearances Tuesday, citing former Comey's blistering testimony last week. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, urging him to investigate possible obstruction of justice by Trump in Grassley's position as chairman of the Judiciary Committee.

Former White House press secretary Ari Fleischer advised Trump to "stop talking" Sunday before he finds himself in legal trouble.

Sessions later amended his statement to say he did meet with Kislyak "a couple" of times, and in tomorrow's testimony he is expected to say that he mistakenly didn't think of those meetings when he first answered the question posed to him before the Senate.

Critics charged that by firing Comey on May 9, Trump was trying to hinder the FBI's Russian Federation probe. The department also said Sessions looks forward to answering the committee's questions.

Comey said Sessions responded with, essentially, a shrug.

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

Trump made his frustration known publicly on Twitter on June 5, when he criticized Sessions's office for the way it acted on the president's travel ban on visitors from some Muslim-majority countries.

Sessions has been dogged by questions about possible additional encounters with the ambassador, Sergey Kislyak.

With executive privilege in play, lawmakers must be on their game, Michael Moore, a former United States attorney, told CNN's Brooke Baldwin. "The only two people who know what happened in those meetings are the president and James Comey", Republican National Committee Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel told Fox.

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