Trump's top lawyer to face questions on Russia, Comey

Atty. Gen. Jeff Sessions will testify in public Tuesday before the Senate Intelligence Committee, where members are eager to hear an explanation of his actions related to the investigation into whether President Trump's campaign colluded with a Russian scheme to interfere in last year's election. "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".

Following Comey's testimony, Trump accused the former Federal Bureau of Investigation director of lying and said he would "100%" be willing to answer questions under oath about the situation.

[Comey] and other FBI officials believed-as early as February 14, the day of Trump and Comey's meeting in the Oval Office-that Sessions would have to recuse himself from the Russian Federation investigation.

"I should not be involved in investigating a campaign that I had a role in", Sessions said back in March.

Rosenstein testified that he is the only one who has the authority to fire Mueller, who was appointed following the May 9 ousting of James Comey as Federal Bureau of Investigation director, and that he had seen no good cause to do so. Comey, according to sources, told senators that investigators overheard Russians discussing a third, private meeting Sessions had with Kislyak.

The tool covers discussions with the president, Bahar noted, and could be used to protect discussions of Comey's firing and questions about the President's request to Comey to drop the Flynn investigation.

Sessions later recused himself from the investigation into the campaign's ties to Russian Federation.

Reed said he also wants to know if Sessions had more meetings with Russian officials as a Trump campaign adviser than have been disclosed.

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As late as Sunday, the Justice Department signaled it expected Sessions testimony to be closed but said the final decision was up to the committee.

The "variety of reasons" line, followed by admonishment that he couldn't discuss the answer in an open setting perked a lot of ears. "He was asked during the hearing about communications between Russian Federation and the Trump campaign - not about meetings he took as a senator and a member of the Armed Services Committee", She said.

The public hearing was announced Monday by Intelligence Chairman Richard M. Burr and Vice Chairman Mark Warner.

"Sessions actually offered to resign, even though his friends say he doesn't want to leave, but Trump has refused to accept that resignation".

"It depends on the scope of the questions", White House press secretary Sean Spicer said when asked whether Sessions would invoke executive privilege.

However, the Republican president has denied trying to impede the probe and said he would be willing to testify under oath about his interactions with Mr Comey.

He had been due to appear before the Senate and House appropriations subcommittees on Tuesday, but said his deputy would attend those hearings instead.

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