Judge orders DOJ to produce Sessions' clearance form
- Author: Zachary Reyes Jun 14, 2017,
Jun 14, 2017, 2:13
When Attorney General Jeff Sessions testifies before the Senate Intelligence Committee Tuesday, it will be in a hearing that's open to the public.
Sessions' testimony before the Senate Intelligence Committee, scheduled to start at 2:30 p.m. ET, has the potential for high drama as the Russian Federation probe continues to dominate USA politics, sidelining President Donald Trump's domestic agenda.
Tuesday's testimony will be the first public hearing that Sessions will participate in after recusing himself from any Justice Department investigation into Russian Federation - a decision that reportedly continues to strain his relationship with Trump.
Scheduled to begin at 2:30pm ET, the attorney general will likely face questions on a range of controversial subjects, including his failure to initially disclose contact with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak during the 2016 presidential campaign.
President Donald Trump's daughter, Ivanka, says her father felt "vindicated" and "incredibly optimistic" following fired FBI Director James Comey's congressional testimony last week. Did you ask your deputy attorney general to write a memo recommending the firing of Comey?
Readers may recall that Comey claimed that after serving Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama, he only felt obliged to create his now infamous CYA notes after meeting with President Trump because, unlike other presidents he served, he found Trump to be "untrustworthy".
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.
Sessions asked for his hearing with the Senate Intel committee to be OPEN, in full view of the American public; this is not the action of a public servant with something to hide.
James Comey's self-serving lies are now well documented, most recently by our friends at Powerline, where John Hinderaker has an extensive post documenting one of Comey's more egregious lies before the Senate Intelligence Committee.
During Comey's appearance Thursday before the Senate Intelligence Committee, Sen.
"My sense was the attorney general knew he shouldn't be leaving, which is why he was lingering", Comey said last week.
They also want him to explain his role in the firing of Comey, despite the attorney general's recusal in March from the Russian Federation investigation following revelations of his meetings with Kislyak.
At the White House, President Trump will receive a National Security Council briefing this morning and meets with his Cabinet. In addition to Sessions' possible testimony, the question remains whether or not Trump taped his conversations with Comey.
Lawmakers, including Al Franken of Minnesota and Patrick Leahy of Vermont, have asked the FBI to investigate and to determine if Sessions committed perjury when he denied having had meetings with Russians.
California Sen. Kamala Harris asked Comey for more detail about this scene when he appeared last week.
Former White House press secretary Ari Fleischer advised Trump to "stop talking" Sunday before he finds himself in legal trouble.
"I am not sure he is the best performer under questioning from fellow senators".
But the revelations forced Sessions to recuse himself from the Russian Federation investigation in March, and it is now being handled by a special counsel. And now there is buildup to the testimony of Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Tuesday afternoon.
"There's a real question of the propriety of the attorney general participating in that in any way, shape or form", Reed, an ex-officio member of the Senate intelligence committee, said on Fox News.
Thanks to his long years of service to the state and the nation, Jeff Sessions' net worth was reported to be $6.8 million in 2010, and is likely to be much higher now. "He should not further obstruct our efforts and the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Department of Justice's efforts to get to the bottom of what happened", said Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-CA), House Intelligence Committee.