Attorney General Jess Sessions to publicly testify Tuesday to Senate Intelligence committee

Attorney General Jess Sessions to publicly testify Tuesday to Senate Intelligence committee

Attorney General Jess Sessions to publicly testify Tuesday to Senate Intelligence committee

The tweet was the second social media lash out from Trump towards the fired Federal Bureau of Investigation director since Comey's dramatic testimony before the Senate Intelligence Committee on Thursday.

Last Thursday Comey said he was the one responsible for releasing the second memo and said the documents were part of an effort to "prompt the appointment of a special counsel" to lead the Russian Federation investigation in the FBI.

The former Republican US senator from Alabama, one of Mr. Trump's most avid supporters on the campaign trail, will likely have to explain why he told lawmakers in January he had no dealings with Kremlin officials past year. Sessions, whose contacts with Russia's ambassador to the USA during the presidential campaign has sparked questions, agreed Saturday, June 10, to appear before the Senate intelligence committee as it investigates alleged Russian meddling in the election.

That remark came after revelations emerged that Sessions had met with Russia's ambassador to the US last year, despite testifying under oath during a confirmation hearing that he "did not have communications with the Russians".

Comey said he knew Sessions would recuse himself from the Russian investigation because, "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".

But intelligence committee members at first were unaware of a planned hearing. Mark Warner, D-Va., vice chair and ranking Democrat, jointly announced that Sessions would testify Tuesday at 2:30 p.m. ET "in open session".

The fired Federal Bureau of Investigation chief has no reason to be anxious, say legal experts, yet Republicans have targeted Comey with legal threats after he revealed in his testimony that he shared his own unclassified Federal Bureau of Investigation memos with a reporter through a friend and professor at Columbia Law School. Comey wrote that Sessions did not reply to his request.

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

She said Sessions should also testify before the Judiciary Committee, because it was better suited to explore legal questions of possible obstruction.

Comey told Senators that during an unusual one-on-one meeting in February with the president in the Oval Office Trump urged him to "let go" an investigation into fired National Security Adviser Michael Flynn. "We've obviously pressed the White House", he said.

Trump is scheduled to visit a technical college in Waukesha, Wisconsin, on Tuesday, and then deliver a policy speech at the Labor Department on Wednesday. Did Sessions remember that?

During a news conference in the Rose Garden of the White House Friday, when the president was asked if tapes exist of his private conversations with Comey, he told reporters they'll be "disappointed" with his answer.

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