Attorney General Jeff Sessions to testify in public hearing

Bruno Cirelli
Giugno 13, 2017

The AG agreed to give his testimony so he could explain his role in the firing of FBI Director James Comey [VIDEO] who testified on Thursday before the Senate Intelligence Committee.

"He was asked during the hearing about communications between Russian Federation and the Trump campaign - not about meetings he took as a senator and a member of the Armed Services Committee", She said.

White House press secretary Sean Spicer told the daily briefing: "The president made clear in the Rose Garden last week he'll have an announcement shortly".

Like many top US officials did last week, Sessions is expected to claim executive privilege, insisting that it would not be appropriate to publicly discuss private talks he had with the president.

Tuesday's hearing, scheduled for 2:30 p.m., might shed light on that question. Sessions claims the meetings were unrelated to his work as a Trump advisor, and occurred only as part of his normal duties as a Senator.

While several committee members, including Dianne Feinstein, Susan Collins, and Angus King had voiced support for a public hearing, other members have complained that doing so will inevitably lead to a brick wall, where Sessions will say he can not discuss certain matters in public.

"These are dark times if the attorney general of the United States is unwilling to answer questions under oath in an open session about his conduct or defend this administration's budget", Schatz said in a statement.

Trump has reportedly been furious with Sessions ever since he recused himself from the Russian Federation investigation, believing he could have helped quash the investigation if he hadn't done so. Sessions supported the former Federal Bureau of Investigation officials' ouster on the grounds that he mishandled the case into Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server during her tenure as secretary of state.

Democrats have questioned why, given his recusal, Mr Sessions was involved in the president's 9 May dismissal of FBI Director James Comey.

Sessions' testimony follows fired Comey's riveting session before the same Senate panel last week. The president said Comey was sacked because of Russian Federation. So the public will be locked out-but at least DC area bars will be spared having to think of Sessions-related names for cocktails. "Sessions actually offered to resign, even though his friends say he doesn't want to leave, but Trump has refused to accept that resignation".

Sessions, an early supporter of Trump's election campaign, will be the most senior government official to testify to the committee on the Russian Federation issue, which has dogged the Republican president's early months in office.

Comey later told Sessions that he didn't want to be alone with the president. Did Sessions suspect that Trump was trying to interfere in the FBI's various investigations of Flynn and Russian meddling?

"Recommending Director Comey's firing would seem to be a violation of his recusal, and Attorney General Sessions needs to answer for that".

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