Leahy to Sessions: 'You can't run forever'
- Author: Leroy Wright Jun 12, 2017,
Jun 12, 2017, 9:14
In an odd twist for Congress, senior members of the Senate intelligence committee were unsure if Sessions would even be allowed to appear.
Republican Senator Susan Collins called on Sunday for Trump to "voluntarily turn them over" to the Senate Intelligence Committee and to the special counsel, Robert Mueller, investigating possible collusion between Trump aides and Russian Federation. He wrote that "it is important that I have an opportunity to address these matters in the appropriate forum" and he would have his deputy deal with the budget hearings.
A day before Comey appeared before the Senate intelligence panel, National Security Agency Director Mike Rogers and Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats, also members of Trump's Cabinet, took the stand. 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 previous year with Russia's ambassador.
His appearance also raised fresh questions about the attorney general's relationship with Russian officials and others with ties to President Vladimir Putin.
During Mr Sessions' January confirmation hearing, he failed to disclose the two meetings he held with Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak during the campaign.
It's the first fallout from Comey's testimony - more proof the Russian Federation investigation isn't going away anytime soon. "Totally illegal? Very 'cowardly!'" Trump told his 32 million Twitter followers on Sunday. The Justice Department has denied that, saying Sessions stressed to Comey the need to be careful about following appropriate policies. Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley and Feinstein, formally requested Comey's memos of his meeting with Trump from Comey's friend Daniel Richman. "You can't run forever", Leahy concluded on Sunday. Comey said he couldn't get into details in the open hearing but the vague statement suggests the Federal Bureau of Investigation may have known for weeks that Sessions was going to have to step down from the Russian Federation probe.
In a surprise move, Attorney General Jeff Sessions offered to meet with the Senate Intelligence Committee.
Lawmakers and critics have expressed concern about any possible role by Mr Sessions in either sacking Mr Comey, or in subverting the ongoing investigation by the FBI.
After his dismissal, Comey leaked shocking details of a series of meetings with Trump, in which the president allegedly asked for Comey's "loyalty" and suggested that he shelve an FBI investigation into Trump's national security adviser.
"I don't understand why the president just doesn't clear this matter up once and for all", said Sen.
Spending the weekend at his golf resort in Bedminster, New Jersey, Trump followed the Comey tweet with a second aimed at Democrats: "The Democrats have no message, not on economics, not on taxes, not on jobs, not on failing #Obamacare".