The questions that could determine Sessions' fate
- Author: Leroy Wright Jun 13, 2017,
Jun 13, 2017, 13:18
JOHNSON: Well, the attorney general says fired FBI Director James Comey said a lot of things about him last week to the Senate intelligence committee. "The only reason you go into a close session is if it's a national security, and I don't believe we're talking about national security issues here".
Jeff Sessions will testify tomorrow to the Senate Intelligence Committee and he may have to answer questions raised by last week's testimony from James Comey.
On "Fox & Friends" Monday, Conway noted Comey's testimony that Loretta Lynch, as President Barack Obama's attorney general, directed him to describe the FBI probe into Hillary Clinton's email practices as a "matter" and to avoid calling it an investigation.
Senator Ron Wyden of OR, a Democrat who also sits on that panel, said the American public had the right to hear the attorney general's answers.
The former Federal Bureau of Investigation director said he contacted Sessions after a meeting with Trump in the Oval Office where Sessions and Jared Kushner, Trump's son-in-law and senior adviser, were asked to leave and Comey was alone with the president.
Spicer, the spokesman, declined to say then that Sessions enjoyed Trump's confidence, though spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders said later in the week that the president had confidence "in all of his Cabinet". He said there were "quite a few others in the room, sitting behind us on couches and chairs".
One aspect of the Comey hearing that was overwhelmed by the newsworthiness of his comments was his refusal to speak to the nature of Sessions' recusal from the Russian Federation investigation in an open hearing.
Senators had been pushing for Sessions to appear publicly to answer questions about his contacts with Russian officials during the campaign.
Sessions ison thin ice with Trump. "We disagree with the Ninth Circuit's decision to block that authority", he said. Comey alleges that Trump then privately asked him to drop a probe into former national security adviser Michael Flynn's contacts with Russian Federation.
Comey additionally expressed that FBI leadership believed Sessions would "inevitably" recuse himself and that they "were aware of facts that I can't discuss in an open setting that would make his continued engagement in a Russia-related investigation problematic".
She said Sessions should also testify before the Judiciary Committee, because it was better suited to explore legal questions of possible obstruction.
The bench had unanimously ruled against the ban, saying the executive order signed by Trump "exceeded the scope of the authority delegated to him by Congress" to oversee immigration.
Top administration officials sometimes argue they shouldn't disclose the details of what they discuss with the president. Sessions didn't mention any meeting with Kislyak as a senator during his confirmation process but later as attorney general he recused himself from the investigation into Russian meddling in the election.
More than four decades ago, the Senate voted to create a special investigative committee to look into the Watergate break-in, and Archibald Cox, the Watergate special prosecutor, subpoenaed the White House tapes from Nixon. He recused himself in March from a federal investigation into contacts between Russian Federation and Donald Trump's presidential campaign after acknowledging that he had met twice previous year with the ambassador. Sessions reportedly offered to resign in wake of the president's criticism.