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Jeff Sessions hearing looms over week on the Hill

13 Juin 2017

Sessions stepped aside in March from the federal investigation into contacts between Russia and the presidential campaign of Donald Trump after acknowledging that he had met twice past year with the Russian ambassador to the United States.

On Wednesday, written testimony by Comey about his interactions with President Trump was released in which the ex-director noted that he asked Sessions "prevent any future direct communication" between Trump and himself after the two shared a private dinner on January 27 and one-on-one Oval Office meeting on February 14 that Comey found to be "inappropriate".

"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", the statement said.

Democratic Senate Leader Chuck Schumer and 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 tried to meddle in the 2016 presidential election with possible help from Trump associates.

"I believe the James Comey leaks will be far more prevalent than anyone ever thought possible".

Sessions did not say in the letter whether his appearance would be in public or behind closed doors. He removed himself after it emerged that he had met the Russian ambassador at least twice in 2016, although he had testified at his confirmation hearing that he had not had contact with Russians. "Totally illegal? Very 'cowardly!'"

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The next day, Mr Comey said, he implored Mr Sessions never to leave him alone again with the president, but Mr Sessions did not reply. In addition to Sessions' possible testimony, the question remains whether or not Trump taped his conversations with Comey.

Reed said Sessions would be asked about any undeclared meetings he might have had with Russians. "I don't think that should continue", Republican National Committee Chairwoman Ronna Romney McDaniel said on "Fox News Sunday".

Comey accused the Republican president of trying to get him to drop the investigation of former national security adviser Michael Flynn and fired him to undermine the Russian Federation probe.

Schumer, in the same interview, invited Trump to testify before the Senate, responding to the president's Friday claim that he'd be "100 percent" willing to speak under oath.

The attorney-general's name was invoked several times during Mr Comey's testimony on Thursday. Republican Senator James Lankford, a member of the intelligence panel, said on CBS' "Face the Nation" that decision had not been finalised, but, "I assume that this will be public". Media reports last week said Sessions offered to resign because of tensions with the president over his decision to recuse himself from the Federal Bureau of Investigation's Russian Federation probe.