Jeff Sessions to appear before Senate intelligence committee

Sessions had been scheduled to discuss the Justice Department budget before a Senate panel chaired by Shelby.

Sessions, who came under criticism for failing to report meetings with the Russian ambassador, wrote a letter Saturday saying he wanted to answer questions raised during former FBI Director James B. Comey's testimony on Thursday.

The committee "is the most appropriate forum for such matters, as it has been conducting an investigation and has access to relevant, classified information", he added.

The Senate panel is investigating allegations of Russian meddling in the 2016 USA presidential election. He said under oath at his January confirmation hearing that he had not met with Russians during the campaign.

Mr Sessions recused himself in March from a federal investigation into contacts between Russia and the presidential campaign of Donald Trump after acknowledging that he had met twice past year with the Russian ambassador to the United States.

Sessions recused himself in early March from investigations related to the 2016 election.

The letter did not say whether Sessions planned to give public testimony on Tuesday or to appear before the panel behind closed doors. The following day, Sessions recused himself from the Russian Federation probe, and several top Democrats, including House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, demanded he resign. "We also 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", Comey said. "You can't run forever", Leahy said in a Twitter message to Sessions that also referred to "false testimony" by the attorney general about his contacts with Russian officials.

On Comey's accusations that Trump pressed him to drop the FBI investigation of his former national security adviser, Michael Flynn, Bharara said "no one knows right now whether there is a provable case of obstruction" of justice.

Jeff Sessions, a longtime senator until President Donald Trump picked him as U.S. attorney general, heads to Congress this coming week when he will face a grilling about his Russian interactions.

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Comey said Trump told Sessions and other administration officials to leave the room before Trump asked him in February to drop a probe into former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn's contacts with Russian Federation.

USA Today reports that Sessions' testimony is expected to be behind closed doors and to target the February 14 meeting in the oval office in which, according to former FBI Director James Comey, Sessions was asked to step out of the room to leave Comey and the president alone.

With the Russian Federation story spreading, the Justice Department in May appointed former Federal Bureau of Investigation director Robert Mueller, widely respected within both parties, as a special counsel to head a separate Russian Federation probe.

  • Zachary Reyes