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Attorney General Jeff Sessions to testify in public Tuesday

13 Juin 2017

Media reports last week said Mr Sessions had offered to resign because of tensions with the president.

To accommodate schedules, the hearing will be held at the normal time that the Senate Intelligence panel meets each Tuesday.

His most recent such event was in Pennsylvania, to mark his 100th day in office. "We've obviously pressed the White House", he said.

"There have been press reports of a possible meeting", he said.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions is in for sharp questioning by senator on Tuesday when he stands in from of the Intelligence Committee, however, it is not yet known whether his hearing will be public or closed. A source familiar with the situation says failure to do so could result in his ouster.

"We want to be able to get his side of it", Lankford said.

In testimony last week, Mr Comey suggested Mr Trump had fired him to undermine the Russian Federation inquiry. Comey spoke of receiving pressure from President Donald Trump to drop a probe into former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn's contacts with Russian Federation.

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On Wednesday, Comey released his planned opening statement to the committee which included his request of Sessions that the attorney general "prevent any future direct communication" between himself and Trump. As mentioned above, since Attorney General Sessions is not testifying at hearings on the Justice Department budget, he'll be replaced by the Deputy Attorney General, Rod Rosenstein - who appointed Robert Mueller as Special Counsel for the Russian Federation probe.

A DOJ statement said Sessions wanted the hearing to be public because "he believes it is important for the American people to hear the truth directly from him and looks forward to answering the committee's questions tomorrow". During his nomination hearing in January, the former senator told the Senate Judiciary Committee that he had no contacts with Russian officials as part of the Trump campaign. Reed said he expects Sessions to be asked if he was aware that Trump was factoring Comey's handling of the Russian Federation investigation in his decision to fire Comey.

But the Justice Department, in its statement, described the encounter differently, arguing that "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".

"I don't understand why the president just doesn't clear this matter up once and for all", said Sen.

Conway stressed that Democratic Sen.

But Feinstein said he has a "destabilising effect" on government. That investigation continues, as do congressional inquiries. Reed was on "Fox News Sunday".

Sessions removed himself from involvement any probe into alleged Russian meddling in the elections in March, but maintained he did nothing wrong by failing to disclose that he met a year ago with Russia's ambassador.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions to testify in public Tuesday