Attorney General Sessions' Testimony To Senate Panel Will Be Public

Kari Scott
June 14, 2017

Trump raised the possibility of tapes last month after firing Comey. I'll tell you about it over a very short period of time.

"In response to your request, the Secret Service has conducted a reasonable search for responsive records", the Secret Service wrote in response to The Journal's FOIA request in May.

Trump still has not confirmed whether or not tapes exist and, when pressed about it Friday, said, "I'll tell you about that maybe sometime in the very near future".

Sessions will testify in open session Tuesday before the Senate Intelligence committee, where he'll face questions over his role in the controversy around possible ties between the Trump presidential campaign and Russian Federation. "When he's ready to further discuss, he will".

Mr. Spicer said the president wasn't delaying addressing the issue.

According to Comey's testimony, the others in the room, all of whom were asked to leave before the Flynn conversation, included Vice President Mike Pence; Gina Haspel, the deputy director of the CIA; Nicholas J. Rasmussen, the director of the National Counterterrorism Center, and retired Marine Gen. John F. Kelly, now the secretary of Homeland Security.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions will testify in an open hearing before the Senate Intelligence Committee.

The Justice Department says Sessions looks forward to answering the committee's questions. But former Central Intelligence Agency director John Brennan recently told Congress that his "radar" went off anytime Russians met with the Trump campaign because he knew the Russians were trying to influence the election, and he knew they often did that by trying to recruit "either wittingly or unwittingly" US officials to help.

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Sessions recused himself from the Justice Department's probe into Russian meddling in the 2016 election in early March, after it came to light that he had not disclosed two pre-election meetings with Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak during his confirmation hearings.

Jeff Sessions prepares to testify in January at his confirmation hearing to be attorney general. Or does his appearance represent a White House-orchestrated counterattack following the damaging Comey testimony?

Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein of California, a member of the Intelligence committee, sent a letter to Sen. She described Comey's testimony as "candid" and "thorough" and said she would support a subpoena of any tapes if needed.

In a statement Thursday night, the Justice Department asserted that the only reason Sessions recused himself was because of his participation in the Trump campaign. That investigation continues, as do congressional inquiries.

Given that as Federal Bureau of Investigation director Comey was overseeing the probe into Russian Federation and its possible collusion with the Trump team, the firing has led to questions about potential obstruction of justice.

In an interview Monday on Fox News' "Fox & Friends", Ivanka Trump says political life still surprises her and that "there is a level of viciousness I was not expecting". Comey testified that in the privacy of the Oval Office, the President asked him to let the investigation into former national security adviser Michael Flynn drop.

Even if the tapes were real, the GOP aide added, they would probably prove Comey's side of the story and undercut the President's version of events.

Comey also has said Sessions did not respond when he complained he did not "want to get time alone with the President again".

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