Jeff Sessions to publicly testify on James Comey's firing
- Author: Zachary Reyes Jun 13, 2017,
Jun 13, 2017, 22:31
For the embattled attorney general, the hearing will be the first time he is questioned by senators since January, when he testified during his confirmation hearing that he did not communicate with any Russian officials during the presidential campaign, when Sessions acted as an adviser to Trump.
It will be the first sworn public testimony from Sessions, a longtime former senator, since he was nominated by President Donald Trump and confirmed as the nation's top law enforcement officer in February.
"We were aware of facts I can't discuss in an open setting that would make his (Sessions') continued involvement in a Russian Federation investigation problematic", Comey said at the hearing. POTUS took to Twitter to trash DOJ and the revisions on his "travel ban" after the latest London attack, and reportedly is angry Sessions recused himself from Russian Federation probes.
The Texas Republican said that he was confident Sessions will put an end to the "myths" surrounding recent reports, with his testimony.
Trump-Comey row: What questions remain after testimony? But Democrats on the Senate panel are likely to press him on issues such as his contacts with Russian Federation and his role in the dismissal of Comey - who led the FBI's probe on Russian Federation until he was ousted.
Ian Prior, a Justice Department spokesman, disputed that account and said Sessions replied to Comey and said he "wanted to ensure that he and his Federal Bureau of Investigation staff were following proper communications protocol with the White House".
At his daily press briefing Monday, White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer declined to say whether Sessions sought President Trump's approval before agreeing to testify publicly, or how the president feels about the matter.
"To get to a hypothetical at this point would be premature", he added.
The attorney general has also been the subject of rumors that he might leave the Trump administration. This one has been simmering since confirmation hearings for Sessions earlier this year, as some Democrats have all but accused Sessions of perjury; Republicans say it's nothing close to that.
Sessions has been dogged by questions about possible additional encounters with the ambassador, Sergey Kislyak. "Let's find out under oath what it was".
Sessions, a former senator and 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.
The Attorney General will testify in open session.
Sen. Elizabeth Warren's fraught history with now-Attorney General Jeff Sessions is no secret. Sessions voted to "serve you in that regard" and commended Trump for "sending the exact right message and response that has been fabulous around the country".
On Monday, the White House again refused to confirm or deny if Mr Trump had recorded his conversations with Mr Comey, as the president previously seemed to hint.
Democrat Senator Dianne Feinstein said that request made her "queasy".
This prompts the question, would Sessions support the President and fire the special counsel, if he requested it? "I think he's weighing that option", Chris Ruddy, chief executive of Newsmax, told the PBS News Hour, speaking of Trump.
And then an ally of President Donald Trump suggested the President is thinking about firing the special counsel investigating the Russian Federation issue. But witnesses said it wasn't a private meeting, and White House officials dismissed it as inconsequential.