Attorney General Sessions' Testimony To Senate Panel Will Be Public

Posted June 13, 2017

During his televised testimony on Thursday, Comey that Sessions, a former senator from Alabama, may have had additional contacts with Russians, and said in a closed hearing that investigators had received Russian intercepts detailing a possible third meeting between Sessions and Kislyak, CNN reported.

Sen. James Lankford (R-Okla.), also a member of the Senate Intelligence Committee, agreed that the panel needed to hear any tapes if they exist.

The high-stakes testimony also takes place amid reported friction between Sessions and Trump, who criticized the attorney general's decision to recuse himself in the Russian Federation probe.

Meanwhile, House and Senate investigators have sought for memos of former Federal Bureau of Investigation director James Comey's private discussions with President Donald Trump and any records the White House kept of their discussion, including audio recordings.

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In letters Saturday to the two appropriations panel chairmen, Sessions said he'd concluded that regardless of which committees he appeared before, the questions would inevitably focus on the Russian probe.

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

Tuesday's testimony, scheduled to start at 2:30 p.m. (1830 GMT), will be the first for Sessions in a congressional hearing since he became attorney general.

Comey also testified that later, he implored "the attorney general to prevent any future direct communication between the president and me".

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Chin says he expects Hawaii's lawsuit challenging the travel ban to go to the U.S. Supreme Court along with a similar ruling by another appeals court.

"I don't understand why the president just doesn't clear this matter up once and for all", said Sen. And now there is buildup to the testimony of Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Tuesday afternoon. The Justice Department has denied that, saying Sessions stressed to Comey the need to be careful about following appropriate policies. But senators on the committee are expected to question Sessions about his meetings with Russians - a topic that has come under increased scrutiny amid investigations into Russia's interference in the USA election.

The decision came in response to Freedom of Information Act requests from American Oversight, a nonprofit that says it relies on FOIA to investigate the Trump administration. "No more game playing", Schumer said. Marc Kasowitz, Donald Trump's personal attorney claimed that James Comey made an "unauthorized disclosure" of private conversations with the President. In my view, Comey broke the law: 18 U.S.C. § 641 provides that it is a federal crime to, without authority, convey a record of the United States, in this case an FBI record he admits under oath he leaked after being fired.

Testifying under oath is a "perjury trap", Hume said, since accidental false statements from a bad memory could be held against the witness as a lie. According to one of the president's adult sons, who helps run Trump's business and who plays a prominent role in promoting Trump's political interests, Comey's version of events may be the accurate one. In the previous Congress, Republicans had introduced resolutions calling for the impeachment of IRS Commissioner John Koskinen and then Environmental Protection Agency administrator Regina McCarthy.

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