Attorney General Jeff Sessions to testify in open hearing Tuesday

Committee members also want to understand Sessions' role in firing Comey in light of his recusal from the Russia investigation after his meetings with Kislyak were revealed.
By Sarah Webb | Jun 13, 2017
Attorney General Jeff Sessions, former Republican senator from Alabama, is scheduled to testify Tuesday before the Senate Intelligence Committee about the firing of former FBI Director James Comey and his contacts with the Russian ambassador to the U.S., Sergey Kislyak, during the 2016 presidential campaign, according to The Washington Post.

Session is likely to face tough questioning from Democrats about why he failed to disclose his contacts with Kislyak during his confirmation hearing.

Committee members also want to understand Sessions' role in firing Comey in light of his recusal from the Russia investigation after his meetings with Kislyak were revealed.

"If, as the president said, I was fired because of the Russia investigation, why was the attorney general involved in that chain?" asked Comey during his testimony last week before the committee.

While Sessions could invoke executive privilege and refuse to discuss private conversations with President Trump, Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer (D-NY) is urging Sessions not to be evasive.

"There are many unanswered and troubling questions, so the attorney general needs to be forthcoming," said Schumer. "The Senate and the American people deserve to know exactly what involvement with the Russia investigation he had before his recusal, what safeguards are in place to prevent his meddling, and why he felt it was appropriate to recommend the firing of Director Comey when he was leading that investigation."

Sessions also may have to answer questions about Comey's mysterious statement that the FBI knew it was "problematic" for the attorney general to lead the investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election.

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