Attorney and broadcaster joins Trump legal team

Kari Scott
June 14, 2017

Attorney General Jeff Sessions will face questions about the firing of FBI Director James Comey and any undeclared meetings with Russian officials when he goes before a U.S. Senate hearing on Tuesday, becoming the highest-ranking member of President Donald Trump's Cabinet to testify in the affair. Richard Shelby, R-Ala., Sessions said that he had been scheduled to discuss the Justice Department budget before House and Senate committees but it had become clear some members would focus their questions on the Russian Federation investigation.

Sessions is scheduled to testify from 2:30 p.m. (1830GMT) on Tuesday.

But Comey wouldn't say exactly what in open session. DOJ says they think he will testify in closed session. On the other hand, he considered that the investigation on the alleged Russian meddling into the last U.S. presidential elections bore on in the decision of his layoff. Comey said President Trump told Sessions and other administration officials to leave the room before Trump asked him in February to drop a probe into former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn's contacts with Russian Federation.

"You need to testify before both in public", Mr. Leahy said in a tweet. Lawmakers, including Al Franken of Minnesota and Patrick Leahy of Vermont, have asked the FBI to investigate and to determine if Sessions committed perjury.

Senators are also looking at whether Mr. Sessions violated his recusal from the Justice Department's Russian Federation investigation by writing a memo recommending Mr. Comey's firing.

Senators on that committee are expected to question Sessions about his meetings with Russians - a topic that has come under increased scrutiny amid investigations into Russian meddling in the US presidential election.

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The president denied trying to interfere with the investigation and said he would be willing to testify under oath about his interactions with Comey. The Senate Intelligence Committee still wants to have a closed door meeting with the Director of National Intelligence and the head of the National Security Agency, to find out more about their conversations with President Trump on the Russian Federation investigation.

Trump's pledge to offer sworn testimony to Mueller came in a press conference the day after Comey's testimony before the Senate intelligence committee.

And asked for the facts about Sessions and Russia, democratic senators have told NPR that seems to be a reference to a possible third meeting Sessions had with the Russian ambassador a year ago that was undisclosed.

"I believe the James Comey leaks will be far more prevalent than anyone ever thought possible".

On "Fox & Friends" Monday, Conway noted Comey's testimony that Loretta Lynch, as President Barack Obama's attorney general, directed him to describe the FBI probe into Hillary Clinton's email practices as a "matter" and to avoid calling it an investigation.

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