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Jeff Sessions to testify before Senate Intelligence Committee on Tuesday

Jeff Sessions to testify before Senate Intelligence Committee on Tuesday

Attorney General Jeff Sessions has asked for Tuesday's hearing before the Senate Intelligence Committee to be public.

"There's a question of his participation in the firing of Director Comey", Reed, a member of the Senate Intelligence Committee, told host Chris Wallace on "Fox News Sunday".

Trump's decision to fire Comey, a move recommended by Sessions despite having already recused himself from the Russian Federation probe, prompted critics to charge that the president was trying to interfere with a criminal investigation.

Sessions, an early and ardent supporter of U.S. President Donald Trump's 2016 election campaign, would be the highest government official to testify before the Senate intelligence committee in its probe of allegations that Russian Federation may have sought to interfere in the election.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions smiles as he testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, June 13, 2017, before the Senate Intelligence Committee hearing about his role in the firing of James Comey, his Russian contacts during the campaign and his decision to recuse from an investigation into possible ties between Moscow and associates of President Donald Trump.

Schumer compared Sessions' testimony to that of former Federal Bureau of Investigation director James Comey but claimed that Comey was truthful with almost all his answers, while Sessions was deceptive and seemed to be hiding something.

Reed said he also wants to know if Sessions had more meetings with Russian officials as a Trump campaign adviser than have been disclosed.

A Sessions spokeswoman said she did not know if it would be public.

"It was as if the attorney general was trying to pre-emptively invoke executive privilege - the right of a president to candid counsel from his advisers - without using those magic words", says the BBC's Anthony Zurcher.

Trump kept the heat on Comey yesterday, accusing him of "cowardly" leaks and predicting many more. Lankford is on the intelligence committee, the forum for last week's riveting Comey testimony and Tuesday's hearing. "Totally illegal?" Trump said in a tweet. The Justice Department has denied that, saying Sessions stressed to Comey the need to be careful about following appropriate policies. Trump has suggested there might be tapes of his encounters with Comey; Comey said last week that "lordy" he hopes there are.

He said Trump reached out to him again after the inauguration but he refused to call back, shortly before he was sacked.

Sessions, the former Senator from Alabama, said Russian interference with America's democratic processes can never be tolerated.

Bharara said on Sunday that Trump called him twice after the November election "ostensibly just to shoot the breeze".

Democratic Sen. Ron Wyden of OR aggressively asked Sessions about suggestions arising from Comey's testimony last week that there was something "problematic" about his recusal.

However, he said he thought there was "absolutely evidence to begin a case" into the matter.

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.


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