Attorney General Sessions next up for Capitol Hill scrutiny
- Author: Leroy Wright Jun 12, 2017,
Jun 12, 2017, 17:17
"There's a real question of the propriety of the attorney general participating in that in any way, shape or form", Reed said on "Fox News Sunday". Sessions was informing the subcommittee he could not meet with them as scheduled on Tuesday because of his appearance before the Senate intel committee.
However, it was not immediately clear if he would testify in public or private.
The New York City federal prosecutor who expected to remain on the job when Donald Trump took office but ended up being fired says he was made uncomfortable by one-on-one interactions with the president - just like James Comey was.
"The American people also deserve to hear the attorney general's answers to these questions, as well as others related to his meetings with the Russians and his failure to disclose those meetings to the Senate Judiciary Committee", Wyden wrote Sunday in a letter to intelligence panel leaders.
Comey said the FBI "had an investigation open at the time so that gave me a queasy feeling".
Democratic Sen. Ron Wyden of OR, also a member of the intelligence panel, sent a letter to panel Chairman Richard Burr of North Carolina and Warner asking for the hearing to be open.
"I have not had a discussion with him about that", Spicer said as sources said Trump is still fuming over Sessions' recusal from the federal investigation into potential ties between Trump campaign associates and Russian Federation. According to Trump, Comey leaked "more [information] than anyone thought possible". He will instead be appearing before the Senate Committee investigating the last presidential election. Preet Bharara told ABC's "This Week" that Trump was trying to "cultivate some kind of relationship" with him when he called him twice before the inauguration to "shoot the breeze".
While he may be safe from prosecution or dismissal under Trump, Sessions must know he is damaged goods. "Totally illegal?" he asked in a tweet. Sessions says that his decision stems from last week's testimony by fired Federal Bureau of Investigation director James Comey.
It was a sign of escalating fallout from riveting testimony from Comey last week of undue pressure from Trump, which drew an angry response from the president on Friday that Comey was lying.
Sessions has been dogged by questions about possible additional encounters with the ambassador.
"In light of reports regarding Mr. Comey's recent testimony", the attorney general wrote in a letter Sen.
Sessions in March removed himself from involvement in any probe into alleged Russian election meddling but maintained he did nothing wrong by failing to disclose that he met past year with Russia's ambassador.