Attorney General Jeff Sessions to testify in public hearing

14 June, 2017, 06:03 | Author: Brittany Bishop
  • Sessions Target in Russia Campaign Probe

In addition to the Senate Intelligence Committee's investigation into Russia's role in USA politics, special counsel Robert Mueller is leading an independent inquiry into Russia's meddling and potential links between Russians and the Trump campaign, after being appointed by Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein last month.

The high-stakes testimony also takes place amid reported friction between Sessions and Trump, who criticized the attorney general's decision to recuse himself in the Russian Federation probe.

The public testimony Tuesday before the Senate Intelligence committee should yield Sessions' most extensive comments to date on questions that have dogged his entire tenure as attorney general and that led him three months ago to step aside from the Russian Federation probe. Is there any way to ask about it in open session? "Sessions actually offered to resign, even though his friends say he doesn't want to leave, but Trump has refused to accept that resignation". Feinstein said she was especially concerned after National Intelligence Director Dan Coats and National Security Agency Director Michael Rogers refused to answer questions from the intelligence committee about possible undue influence by Trump. His reckless, untruthful and undisciplined actions have now earned him a Special Prosecuter and a likely obstruction of justice investigation on top of the ongoing investigation into collusion between the Trump campaign and Russian Federation. He said at his January confirmation hearing that he had not met with Russians during the campaign. The Justice Department has denied that, saying Sessions stressed to Comey the need to be careful about following appropriate policies. Comey's explanation that he wrote the memos immediately after his meetings with President Trump, but did not follow the same practice after meetings with Presidents Obama or Bush, in large measure, because of the "nature of the person" makes intuitive sense to any objective observer who has watched Trump in action as President, in the campaign or in his business career.

Where it goes from there we don't know yet.


What was Comey referring to last week about Sessions?

The former Federal Bureau of Investigation director also testified that he and the agency had believed Sessions was "inevitably going to recuse" for reasons he said he could not elaborate on. "We've obviously pressed the White House", he said.

To turn to jobs and apprenticeships in particular, Trump is visiting a technical college in Waukesha, Wisconsin, on Tuesday, delivering a policy speech at the Labor Department on Wednesday and meeting with eight governors at the White House on Thursday. "We're going to do more with less", he told members of the Appropriations Committee, describing the president's budget priorities as "smart investments in programs that work".

Senate Democrats have raised the possibility that Sessions and Kislyak could have met there, though Justice Department officials say there were no private encounters or side meetings.

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