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Fresh questions for Sessions -- and he'll answer in public

13 Juin 2017

Sessions is skipping a separate hearing on Tuesday on the Justice Department's budget and sending his deputy for the session that will be open to the public.

Trump's personal attorney, Marc Kasowitz, said, "Mr. Comey admitted that he unilaterally and surreptitiously made unauthorized disclosures to the press of privileged communications with the President.Today, Mr. Comey admitted that he leaked to friends his purported memos of these privileged conversations, one of which he testified was classified".

US Attorney-General Jeff Sessions will testify in a public hearing before the Senate Intelligence Committee today, the committee chairman said in a statement yesterday.

Democratic Senate leader Chuck Schumer and fellow Democratic Senator Jack Reed questioned on Sunday why Sessions was involved in Trump's May 9 dismissal of Comey after he had recused himself from investigations of whether Russian Federation meddled in the election, possibly with help from Trump associates.

The hearing will be held Tuesday at 2:30 p.m.

White House adviser Kellyanne Conway says testimony from former FBI Director James Comey "reflected very poorly on members of the Obama administration as well". Psychologists say that there is a perfectly reasonable explanation for that - and you can blame it all on President Trump.

Justice Department officials refuted Comey's claims. Mr Sessions, through his lawyer, disputed this account on Friday, stating that he told Mr Comey that the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the justice department "needed to be careful about following appropriate policies regarding contacts with the White House". Over the weekend, Sessions requested that he be allowed to appear before the Intelligence Committee instead.

Americans trust Comey over Trump following his 'prevalent' leaks
Legal experts questioned whether Mr Trump's private encounters with Mr Comey could be considered privileged. Mr Trump wouldn't rule out a previous claim that there may be tapes of his conversations with Comey.

That's why it's a big deal he'll testify Tuesday to the Senate Intelligence Committee, the main committee in Congress investigating Russian meddling in the election and potential Trump meddling in the fallout. It is important for the Attorney General to be on the record about the scope of his recusal, and to have a public discussion depending on his answers to these questions. Democrats are urging that the meeting happen in the open, hoping for the same kind of electricity that surrounded last week's testimony of recently fired FBI Director James Comey.

Why that's a big deal: It's normal for USA political campaigns and foreign officials to talk. Sessions, an early Trump supporter, recused himself in March from oversight of the FBI's probe into possible cooperation between the Trump campaign and the Russians when his meetings with Kislyak became known.

He did not explicitly endorse Sessions' appearance, saying in response to a question, "We're aware of it, and we'll go from there". He will also likely be asked if he knows of any ties between anyone in Trump's campaign who may have coordinated with the Russians, and if there is any suggestion of obstruction of justice by the president following the firing of national security adviser Michael Flynn.

Trump accepted a recommendation from Sessions and deputy attorney general Rod Rosenstein to fire Comey in May, according to a White House statement issued at the time.

Sessions could have another awkward testimony this month, this time for a case brought against former Arizona sheriff Joe Arpaio.

Now many members of Obama's national security team say they wish they had raised the alarm about Russian Federation earlier. The first casualty may be-or at least ought to be-Attorney General Jeff Sessions, the first sitting senator to back Trump's renegade candidacy, as well as the architect of Trump's anti-immigration, anti-voting rights agenda.

Fresh questions for Sessions -- and he'll answer in public