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Published: Wed, June 14, 2017
Global Media | By Abel Hampton

Attorney General Sessions to testify in an open hearing before Senate committee

Attorney General Sessions to testify in an open hearing before Senate committee

Attorney General Jeff Sessions will testify before the Senate Intelligence Committee in an open session Tuesday. The request came, according to Comey, after a February 14 Oval Office meeting in which Comey alleges the president asked everyone, including Sessions to leave the room.

"We have the former director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation under oath saying one thing, President Trump saying another", he said on CBS.

Trump has denied he tried to interfere with the probe. Barring the emergence of evidence such as a surreptitious recording of the conversation - Trump tweeted that Comey had better hope there are no tapes - deciding which of the two men's accounts is factual may depend on which details most accurately reflect others' recollections.

Why did Sessions have a role in Comey's firing?

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Sessions has been dogged by questions about possible additional encounters with the ambassador, Sergey Kislyak.

Sessions recused himself in March following revelations that he met twice a year ago with the Russian ambassador.

The White House has already acknowledged that Sessions will not hesitate to invoke executive privilege, which may limit knowledge-sharing quite a bit.

Spicer also declined to say whether Trump agrees with Sessions' decision to testify.

The Comey hearing certainly lived up to the hype. It doesn't seem to stand up well to me. As he did so, he defended himself against allegations of improper contacts, saying, "Let me be clear: I never had meetings with Russian operatives or Russian intermediaries about the Trump campaign". He is a good guy.

The difference is Sessions still works for President Donald Trump, and he has a lot more to lose.

For his part, Comey said last week he believes he was sacked because of the Russian Federation inquiry.

Sessions said his decision to accept the intelligence committee's invitation to appear was due in part to Comey's testimony. He told reporters last week that he would discuss the possibility "in the very near future". "He did not reply".

But intelligence committee members at first were unaware of a planned hearing.

Update: The Senate Intelligence Committee said Monday morning that Attorney General Jeff Sessions' testimony on Tuesday before the committee will be public. The Kushner meetings would likely have been discussed within Trump's inner circle. That offer appears to stand, though the timing remains "to be determined". "Democracy shouldn't take place behind closed doors". "The president then excused him, saying he wanted to speak with me".

Trump has been coy about whether any recordings exist of his private conversations with Comey, who was sacked by the president in May.

He also urged Trump to produce any tapes of his conversations with Comey.

So far Mrs Trump's engagements have included entertaining the wives of heads of state, and presiding over events ranging from an International Women's Day lunch to the annual Easter egg roll for children on the White House lawn. He will also likely be asked if he knows of any ties between anyone in Trump's campaign who may have coordinated with the Russians, and if there is any suggestion of obstruction of justice by the president following the firing of national security adviser Michael Flynn.

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