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Jeff Sessions to discuss James Comey evidence at Senate Russia inquiry

12 Juin 2017

Attorney General Jeff Sessions has agreed to appear before the Senate Intelligence committee.

According to Politico, Sessions is sending Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein to the public briefing and will instead speak to the House and Senate Intelligence Committees on Tuesday afternoon in a closed session. As of this writing, it's not clear if that will be in open session, or behind closed doors.

In a letter seen by Reuters, Sessions told Senator Richard Shelby, chairman of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, Science and Related Agencies, that the intelligence committee is the "most appropriate" place to address matters that came up during Comey's hearing on Thursday.

Despite his recusal, Mr Sessions signed a letter last month recommending Mr Trump remove Mr Comey, who was overseeing the probe into Russian election meddling and the possible Russia-Trump nexus.

Mr Comey told the panel that, on Feb 14, US President Donald Trump had made private comments to Mr Comey that he interpreted as an improper order to drop a criminal investigation into the President's former national security adviser.

Reed said he was concerned that Sessions had recommended Comey be fired even after he had recused himself from Russia-related matters. The Senate Intelligence Committee still wants to have a closed door meeting with the Director of National Intelligence and the head of the National Security Agency, to find out more about their conversations with President Trump on the Russian Federation investigation. Trump says on Twitter, "Totally illegal?"

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Trump on Sunday accused Comey of "cowardly" leaks and predicted many more from him.

Meanwhile, the Senate investigation into collusion with Russian Federation or obstruction of justice is extending to a Trump Cabinet member.

A Republican senator is taking President Donald Trump to task for not clearing up a burning question: whether he has tape recordings of his conversations with his then-FBI Director James Comey.

In response to Comey's testimony, Sessions issued a statement contradicting some of what Comey said. One is whether Sessions had any undisclosed meetings with Ambassador Sergei Kislyak or other Russians during the campaign or after Trump took office. "We on the Intelligence Committee want to know the answers to those questions". "No more game playing", Schumer said.

But Russia - and Trump's own tweeting - threaten to swallow that effort whole, much like last week's largely forgotten "Infrastructure Week". Reed said Sessions would be asked about any undeclared meetings he might have had with Russians. Comey welcomed any tapes during his hearing, and congressional investigators have asked the White House to produce them if they exist. Republican Senator Lindsey Graham said on Sunday that Trump was getting in the way of his own agenda. "I hope you can let this go'".