US AG to testify before Senate intelligence panel
- Author: Larry Hoffman Jun 13, 2017,
Jun 13, 2017, 11:51
U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions said he will testify before the Senate Intelligence Committee on Tuesday. "We've obviously pressed the White House", he said.
The committee has not yet confirmed the Tuesday date for Sessions' testimony and is still discussing whether to allow Sessions to testify in open or closed sessions, or both, as was the case with James Comey last week, reports said. Democrats are pushing for a public hearing.
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. "No more game playing", Schumer said on CBS.
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. President Trump has demonstrated multiple times that his tweets can change the course of this Russian Federation investigation.
When asked if Trump still "had confidence" in his Attorney General, Spicer responded that he "had not had that discussion with him" and would not speak for the president on the matter, despite the fact that he is the President's designated spokesperson.
Sessions had been scheduled to testify on June 13 before the House and Senate subcommittees that oversee his department's budget, but will now testify to the intelligence panel instead, he said on Saturday in letters to the chairmen of those subcommittees, reports CNN.
"We have to keep in mind that this is one person's record of what happened".
Members of the committee said they would ask Sessions to recount the meeting between Trump and Comey on February 14 at the Oval Office, where according to Comey, Trump pressured him to drop the FBI investigation into Flynn, the New York Times reported.
After Trump's dismissal of Comey following the FBI's investigation into Russian meddling in the USA election, the former FBI chief spoke to senators detailing his encounters and communication with the president. "If there aren't tapes, he should let that be known".
Trump alluded to "tapes" in a May tweet.
She said Sessions should also testify before the Judiciary Committee, because it was better suited to explore legal questions of possible obstruction.
Trump's lawyer, Jay Sekulow, said on ABC's "This Week", "The president said he is going to address the issue of the tapes, whether the tapes exist or not, next week".
Trump's tendency to bring up the Russian Federation investigation, whether by insulting Comey or hinting at the existence of tapes, has created a headache for Republicans who want to focus on the party's priorities such as healthcare and tax reform. "You are your own worst enemy, Mr. President. It will be the highest-rated TV show in the history of the world but it's not good for our democracy".