Trump's attorney general to face Russian Federation questions

Trump's attorney general to face Russian Federation questions

In March, Sessions recused himself from any investigations into Russia's actions in the 2016 campaign.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions will testify in public session at 2:30 p.m. Tuesday before the Senate Intelligence Committee for its ongoing probe into Russia's interference in last year's presidential election.

"He believes it is important for the American people to hear the truth directly from him and looks forward to answering the committee's questions tomorrow", said Flores.

To return to my opening question with another rhetorical question, is it even possible to be too cynical about anything in Donald Trump's orbit?

After the meeting, Comey told Sessions that he did not want to be alone anymore with Trump and "it can't happen that you get kicked out of the room and the president talks to me".

Comey testified that Sessions left the Oval Office on February 14, leaving Comey alone with Trump.

Sessions had been scheduled to appear Tuesday before the Senate Appropriations Committee to review funding for the Justice Department, which he heads. Republicans have pressed Trump to say whether he has tapes of private conversations with Comey and provide them to Congress if he does - or possibly face a subpoena.

While several committee members, including Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), Susan Collins (R-Maine) and Angus King (I-Maine) 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.

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The appearance before the Senate intelligence committee comes one week after former FBI Director Comey cryptically told lawmakers the bureau had expected Sessions to recuse himself weeks before he did from an investigation into contacts between Trump campaign associates and Russian Federation during the 2016 election. Did you ask your deputy attorney general to write a memo recommending the firing of Comey?

Donald Trump (l) confers with Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who will testify before the Senate Intelligence Committee on Tuesday.

The Attorney General has been under fire for his involvement with the Russians. He met with Kislyak twice while he was a USA senator.

That remark came after revelations emerged that Sessions had met with Russia's ambassador to the US last year, despite testifying under oath during a confirmation hearing that he "did not have communications with the Russians".

Sessions is likely to be questioned over the truthfulness of his answers in January.A spokesman for the Justice Department said after media reports emerged in March of the meetings that Sessions had answered honestly because the encounters were part of his job as a senator and not as a surrogate of the Trump campaign. White House frustrations with the Justice Department spilled into public view last week, when Trump on Twitter criticized the legal strategy in defending his proposed travel ban.

"[Sources] are telling me Trump has been very angry with Jeff Sessions for recusing himself in the Russian Federation investigation to begin with, lots of profane conversations and yelling".

Comey described the Oval Office meeting, before his one-on-one with Trump, as "a scheduled counterterrorism briefing". "I think he's weighing that option", Chris Ruddy, chief executive of Newsmax, told the PBS News Hour, speaking of Trump.

A White House official downplayed Ruddy's comments, saying "Chris speaks for himself". 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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