Attorney General Jeff Sessions has asked for his testimony before the Senate Intelligence Committee to be public.
Comey was asked about the potential existence of taped recordings of those conversations in his dramatic testimony before the Senate last week, to which he responded, "Lordy, I hope there are tapes".
She said Sessions should also testify before the Judiciary Committee, because it was better suited to explore legal questions of possible obstruction.
"The Attorney General has requested that this hearing be public", Justice Department spokesman Sarah Isgur Flores said. Comey said President Trump told Sessions and other administration officials to leave the room before Trump asked him in February to drop a probe into former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn's contacts with Russian Federation.
The Justice Department says Sessions has requested Tuesday's committee hearing be open because he "believes it is important for the American people to hear the truth directly from him".
This is a developing story and will be updated. Sessions, a former senator, later issued a clarification saying he had met with the ambassador.
In March, Sessions recused himself from any investigations that look at Russia's actions in the 2016 campaign. Pacific. Watch a live stream right here on this Inquisitr page, below - or on the Senate Intelligence Committee website by visiting this link.
Spicer also declined to say whether Trump agrees with Sessions' decision to testify.
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It was not immediately clear if those matters are what will be discussed with the Attorney General on Tuesday.
Comey testified that the FBI investigation into possible collusion between Russian Federation and the Trump campaign did not extend to Trump himself during the time Comey was leading the FBI.
"It is interesting that we've reached a point where the testimony of the Attorney General of the United States before Congress is a headline event", Durbin said after an unrelated event Monday.
"Public needs to know more about Sessions' Russia contacts & his role in Comey's firing", tweeted Sen.
She added: "With all the noise, with all the intensity of the media coverage and obviously what makes headlines, ultimately we're really focused on why the American people elected Donald Trump as their president".
Intel Chairman Richard Burr (R-N.C.) and Vice-Chairman Mark Warner (D-Va.) announced today that Sessions is scheduled to appear before the committee at 2:30 p.m.
Trump took to Twitter in May to hint at the existence of "tapes" of his conversations with former Federal Bureau of Investigation director James Comey, who said he had taken memos detailing potentially illicit comments made by the president in private meetings between the two.
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