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Sessions Wants His Testimony Open to Public

Theresa Hayes | 14 June, 2017, 05:05

Attorney General Jeff Sessions is scheduled to appear before the Senate Intelligence Committee Tuesday. He said Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein would appear before the subcommittees.

Sessions faces questions about his contacts with Russia's ambassador to the USA during the presidential campaign.

Sessions is the first of six high-level officials Comey said were asked to leave the room.

The Department of Justice, however, issued a statement standing by the original explanation that Sessions recused himself due to his participation in Trump's campaign. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., asked Comey a series of questions about Sessions' involvement in the Russian Federation investigation during the two weeks between Trump expressing his "hope" that Comey could let go of the probe into former national security adviser Michael Flynn and Sessions' recusal from inquiries related to the election. During his confirmation hearings, Sessions said under oath that he "did not have communications with the Russians" during the campaign; he later admitted he met with the ambassador twice.

President Donald Trump is planning to hold a campaign-style rally later this month in Iowa. While Sessions used to frequently answer questions from reporters after public appearances discussing his criminal justice initiatives, he stopped in late April, just before Comey was dismissed. He cut his teeth as a federal prosecutor in Mobile, Alabama, at the height of the drug war, and numerous policies he has tried to implement as attorney general have roots in that time period.

His re-election campaign says the event will take place June 21 at an arena in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Sessions initially called the report "false". Democrats on the Senate Intelligence Committee are not happy - other Democrats, too. But the truthfulness of that assertion also quickly came into question. Trump has denied that he said that.

According to Comey's testimony, it appears the Federal Bureau of Investigation knew about events that would require Sessions's recusal, even before Sessions's meetings with Kislyak were reported in the press. Sessions wants a chance to respond - questions about whether the FBI was in possession of some facts about Sessions in Russian Federation that would make it clear Sessions would have to recuse from that investigation. Comey wrote that Sessions did not reply to his request. And, if Sessions was aware of the President's rationale, Reed said he expects that senators will ask why he did not remove himself from discussions about Comey.

It says Sessions, along with other campaign officials, was at the Mayflower Hotel a year ago for an event. Instead, they are his actual experience, not information gleaned by a law enforcement official in the course of a counterintelligence investigation, as was the case for Comey. At his hearing, Comey was asked a key question by Sen.

The attorney general cited his involvement in Trump's campaign for stepping away from the Russian Federation investigation in March.

On "Face the Nation" Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer ran through the questions he wants answered by the attorney general.

"I believe the James Comey leaks will be far more prevalent than anyone ever thought possible". That's because these two things are related.

Comey reportedly told lawmakers behind closed doors that one of those "facts" included another unreported meeting with the Russian ambassador. But he says the president "believes that the sooner we can get this addressed and dealt with" the better.

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