Saturday, 21 October, 2017

Sessions to appear before Senate intelligence committee

Jeff Sessions White House declines to say whether Trump has confidence in AG Sessions
Earnest Maxwell | 11 June, 2017, 06:13

Attorney General Jeff Sessions, whose contacts with Russia's ambassador to the US during the presidential campaign have sparked questions, agreed Saturday to appear before the Senate intelligence committee as it investigates alleged Russian meddling in the election.

SIEGEL: Now, Sessions, who was a senator from Alabama until he became AG, is scheduled to deliver Senate testimony on Tuesday as part of the annual budget appropriations process.

CNN reported that Comey told senators in the closed hearing that Sessions may have had a third interaction with Sergey Kislyak.

"Some members [of the appropriations committees] have publicly stated their intention to focus their questions on issues related to the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election, from which I have recused, and for which the Deputy Attorney General appointed a special counsel", Sessions wrote.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions makes his way off stage after addressing the National Law Enforcement Conference on Human Exploitation in Atlanta, June 6. He's going to have to answer questions about the scope of his recusal from this Russian Federation investigation and why, if he was recused, he recommended James Comey, the FBI director, be fired.

The frustration between Trump and Sessions has gone both ways, with Justice Department officials upset that the President's tweets and comments caused problems for Sessions and Rosenstein in the wake of the Comey firing. He will also likely be asked about an exchange he had with Comey in mid-February after the then-FBI chief had a one-on-one Oval Office meeting with Trump.

The ACLU is encouraging its supporters to contact members of Congress and urge them to use the budget hearing as an opportunity to question Sessions on other matters of public interest.

At one point, Sessions made clear he would be willing to resign if Trump no longer wanted him.

Comey declined to elaborate in an open setting.

The White House on Thursday finally affirmed that President Donald Trump has confidence in his attorney general, two days after reporters first began asking whether he does. Sanders on Thursday said she had finally talked to Trump about his confidence in Sessions on Wednesday night.

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