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

Sessions to testify as Republicans prod Trump on tapes

Sessions to testify as Republicans prod Trump on tapes

"I should not be involved in investigating a campaign I had a role in", Sessions said at the Justice Department on the day he announced his decision.

Did you have a third meeting with Sergey Kisylak, and what topics were discussed? He visited with the ambassador - who is considered by some to be the top Russian spymaster in the U.S. - around the time of the Republican convention, and he later hosted him in his Senate office.

Sessions will be asked why he failed to disclose at least one meeting with the russian ambassador on his security clearance paperwork.

Since then, lawmakers have raised questions about a possible third meeting at a Washington hotel, though the Justice Department has said that did not happen.

Comey himself had a riveting appearance before the same Senate panel last week, with some key moments centered on Sessions.

The former Federal Bureau of Investigation director also testified that he and the agency had believed Sessions was "inevitably going to recuse" for reasons he said he could not elaborate on. He told reporters last week that GOP lawmakers were getting closer to bringing legislation to the floor, but he declined to set any type of timeline for the legislation.

Tuesday's testimony will be the first public hearing that Sessions will participate in after recusing himself from any Justice Department investigation into Russian Federation - a decision that reportedly continues to strain his relationship with Trump.

"I didn't have- did not have communications with the Russians", he said then.

"I stayed in my chair".

During his testimony Mr Comey described how he remembered Mr Sessions responding to the request.

"I'm not going to follow any orders unless I believe those are proper and appropriate orders", he said. He said Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein would appear before the subcommittees.

"The Senate and the American people deserve to know exactly what involvement with the Russian Federation 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", said Sen. "He did not reply".

Sessions wants to make sure it's not in appropriations legislation for 2018.

Readers may recall that Comey claimed that after serving Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama, he only felt obliged to create his now infamous CYA notes after meeting with President Trump because, unlike other presidents he served, he found Trump to be "untrustworthy". He cut his teeth as a federal prosecutor in Mobile, Alabama, at the height of the drug war, and numerous policies he has tried to implement as attorney general have roots in that time period.

Still a friend of the president told PBS Mr. Trump might take steps to shrink the probe into possible Russian collusion.

What's more, Trump reportedly tasked Sessions with coming up with the case for firing Comey.

It will be the first sworn public testimony from Sessions, a longtime former senator, since he was nominated by President Donald Trump and confirmed as the nation's top law enforcement officer in February.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions attends a Cabinet meeting with President Donald Trump, Monday, June 12, 2017, in the Cabinet Room of the White House in Washington.

And while he had recused himself from the Russian Federation probe, Sessions insisted, "I did not recuse myself from defending my honor against scurrilous and false allegations".

Justice officials have strongly denied that such a meeting occurred.

In a letter to congressional leaders, Sessions urged lawmakers to undo federal marijuana medical protections instituted in 2014, the Washington Post reports. "The recommendation had nothing to do with the substance of any investigation".

Democratic senators pressed Sessions on the legal rationale for his refusal to discuss those private conversations, as Sessions acknowledged that Trump had not asserted executive privilege around the hearing.

Rep. Adam Schiff, a California Democrat, says such a move would "be the last straw" for many in Congress and would have "echoes of Watergate", when President Richard Nixon dismissed special prosecutor Archibald Cox over Cox's subpoenas for White House tapes.

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