Jeff Sessions to testify before Senate intel committee today

Jeff Sessions to testify before Senate intel committee today

Attorney General Jeff Sessions will testify in public session at 2:30 p.m. Tuesday before the Senate Intelligence Committee for its ongoing probe into Russia's interference in last year's presidential election.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions will testify before the Senate Intelligence Committee in an open public hearing Tuesday. But former Central Intelligence Agency director John Brennan recently told Congress that his "radar" went off anytime Russians met with the Trump campaign because he knew the Russians were trying to influence the election, and he knew they often did that by trying to recruit "either wittingly or unwittingly" USA officials to help.

His testimony follows fired FBI Director James Comey's riveting session before the same Senate panel last week.

Sessions said in his opening statement that he did not have a third meeting with Russian ambassador to the US Sergey Kislyak in the Mayflower hotel in Washington, despite reports that the Federal Bureau of Investigation had been investigating whether such a contact took place. Sessions claims the meetings were unrelated to his work as a Trump advisor, and occurred only as part of his normal duties as a Senator. If it comes down to the Justice Department having to choose whom to believe, special counsel Robert S. Mueller III or the president, whom will Sessions choose?

That remark came after revelations that Sessions had met with Russia's ambassador to the USA last year, despite testifying under oath during a confirmation hearing that he "did not have communications with the Russians". An order from the president would not necessarily qualify, he said. Sessions is expected to face sharp questioning from his former Senate colleagues about his role in the investigation into contacts between Trump campaign associates and Russian Federation during the 2016 election.

The appearance comes after Comey reportedly told committee members Sessions had an unreported meeting with Russian officials.

Sessions, who had agreed to testify this week before the Senate and House appropriations subcommittees about the Justice Department budget, wrote the chairmen of the committees Saturday and said he was sending his deputy to testify instead.

"We also were aware of facts that I can't discuss in an opening setting,"Comey said".

Sen. Ron Wyden, a member of the intelligence committee, told reporters he plans to press Sessions on his recusal. "The Attorney General was not silent; he responded to this comment by saying that the Federal Bureau of Investigation and Department of Justice needed to be careful about following appropriate policies regarding contacts with the White House".

The public testimony Tuesday before the Senate Intelligence committee should yield Sessions' most extensive comments to date on questions that have dogged his tenure as attorney general and that led him three months ago to recuse himself from the Russian Federation probe. "It would be very good to get it directly from him".

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.

5. Why was Sessions involved in the firing of Comey if he had stepped aside from the Russian Federation probe?

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.

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