Four lines of possible questions for Attorney General Sessions

Raquel Nash
June 14, 2017

But it demonstrates how investigations into Russian links to the Trump campaign are reaching senior figures in the administration.

The hearing in the Hart Senate Office Building is scheduled to start at 2:30 p.m. ET.

Sessions recused himself in March from a federal investigation into contacts between Russia and the presidential campaign of Donald Trump after acknowledging that he had met twice past year with the Russian ambassador to the United States.

In testimony last week, Mr Comey suggested Mr Trump had fired him to undermine the Russian Federation inquiry. And if he acknowledges he had some concerns, he will open up a new line of questioning about the conduct of President Trump and his advisers.

Though we may not learn a lot about the Russian Federation investigation, we will be able to better assess Sessions' survival by the end of the day. Senator James Lankford (R-OK), Senate Intelligence Committee. "I hope you can let this go".

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

The Secret Service handled recording systems within the White House for past presidents, including presidents Richard Nixon and John F. Kennedy.

Lankford said Sessions' testimony Tuesday will help flesh out the truth of Comey's allegations, including Sessions' presence at the White House in February when Trump asked to speak to Comey alone.

Trump denied Comey's testimony, saying he never asked the Federal Bureau of Investigation director for a loyalty pledge or to drop the Russian Federation probe.

"The Attorney General has requested that this hearing be public", Justice Department spokeswoman Sarah Isgur Flores said in a statement. It "depends on the scope of the questions", he told reporters. Comey was leading that probe.

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 USA presidential election. Dianne Feinstein of California has said there should be further investigation.

On Comey's accusations that Trump pressed him to drop the FBI investigation of Flynn, Bharara said that "no one knows right now whether there is a provable case of obstruction" of justice. Feinstein is the top Democrat on that panel and a member of both.

Lawmakers, including Al Franken of Minnesota and Patrick Leahy of Vermont, have asked the FBI to investigate and to determine if Sessions committed perjury when he denied having had meetings with Russians.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions could be at the center of two controversies in the Trump administration: whether Donald Trump's campaign colluded with Russian Federation to help Trump win and whether the president obstructed justice.

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. The former senator later issued a clarification saying he had met with the ambassador, Sergey Kislyak.

Recent news reports have said Sessions offered to resign just weeks ago, saying he needed to be given "the freedom" to do his job. Comey declined to elaborate in an open setting.

Other reports by TheDigitalNewspaper

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