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Sessions will testify in open hearing Tuesday before Senate Intelligence Committee

Kenny Thornton | 13 June, 2017, 04:39

During the session, he spoke about his accomplishments and asked the rest of the cabinet to do the same, including Attorney General Jeff Sessions.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions, facing fresh questions about his Russian contacts during the election campaign and his role in the firing of James Comey, will be interrogated in a public hearing by former Senate colleagues on Tuesday.

"He believes it is important for the American people to hear the truth directly from him", said Justice Department spokeswoman Sarah Isgur Flores.

To return to my opening question with another rhetorical question, is it even possible to be too cynical about anything in Donald Trump's orbit?

In his testimony, Comey said he had asked Sessions not to leave him alone with Trump following meetings where he said Trump had asked Comey for his loyalty.

The Justice Department ultimately agreed to a Tuesday public hearing in an attempt to show there's nothing to hide and nothing controversial about Sessions' interactions with Russian officials, officials said.

Comey also testified that later, he implored "the attorney general to prevent any future direct communication between the president and me. I hope you can let this go". And on Monday, the former Alabama senator relented.

"I urge that the Committee hold a hearing with the Attorney General in the open so that the American people can hear for themselves what he has to say with regard to connections to the Russians and the President's abuse of power", wrote Sen.

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Sessions recused himself from involvement in the federal investigation after he didn't disclose two meetings he had with Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak.

Because Sessions claimed to have recused himself from any involvement in the Russian Federation probe, merely discussing Comey's firing with Trump would appear to make a mockery of his "recusal".

Sessions had been scheduled to appear Tuesday before the Senate Appropriations Committee to review funding for the Justice Department, which he heads.

But behind the scenes, there was significant pushback from Democrats - including Senate Intelligence Committee vice chairman Mark Warner - who raised objections with Senate Intelligence Chairman Richard Burr that Sessions may be trying to skirt public scrutiny. But Comey did not explain why, saying only that, "we also were aware of facts that I can't discuss in an open setting that would make his continued engagement in a Russia-related investigation problematic".

"I hope you can see your way clear to letting this go, to letting Flynn go", Comey quoted Trump as saying.

Comey told the intelligence committee in a closed session that Sessions may have had a third, undisclosed interaction with Russia's ambassador to the U.S., according to people familiar with the briefing.

As for the timing of Sessions' recusal, Comey said the FBI expected the attorney general to take himself out of the matters under investigation weeks before he actually did.

What channel: CSPAN, CNN, MSNBC and Fox News will be broadcasting the hearing live.

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