Sessions brands Russian Federation collusion claims a 'detestable lie'

But the Russian Federation investigation continues to cast a shadow over his tenure. To his boss? To his former Senate colleagues?

Sessions won't be able to tell senators what went on in the meeting - the president had ordered him out of the Oval Office, along with other officials, before speaking privately with Comey, according to Comey's testimony.

What to expect: Sessions will be asked about his ties to Kislyak. Sessions says he was there for a speech by then-candidate Donald Trump and members of Sessions' staff were also in attendance. Some argue that the then-senator misled the panel by answering he had never had communications with Russian officials.

And since Attorney General Jeff Sessions has recused himself from the investigation, Rosenstein is acting in that capacity.

In a congressional hearing on Tuesday, Rosenstein offered assurances about Mueller. Sources told CNN last week that the attorney general offered to resign after a series of heated exchanges with the President over his decision to recuse himself from the Russian Federation probe. Now, according to the breaking news broadcast on the radio all day Sunday at the top of every hour, there are (unsubstantiated) reports that he may have had a third meeting with the Russian ambassador in April of a year ago, and boy-oh-boy, do Democrat senators want to question him about that!

Trump told reporters Friday he'd have something to say about the tapes "soon", but White House officials haven't given a solid answer about whether they exist - though members of Congress have called for them as evidence if they do.

2. Why did Comey assume Sessions would recuse himself earlier than he did?

New questions about Sessions were raised last week, after former FBI Director James Comey said that he and other leaders at the agency had expected Sessions to recuse himself weeks before he did - and that the reasons behind that thinking are classified.

"I don't understand why the president just doesn't clear this matter up once and for all", said Sen.

Senators are also expected to ask Sessions why, after recusing himself from the Russian Federation inquiry, he signed a letter last month recommending that President Trump fire Comey.

Marco Rubio, R-Fla., asked Sessions whether Trump records his conversations in the White House. "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.

5. Why was Sessions involved in the firing of Comey if he had stepped aside from the Russian Federation probe? "When you're recusing yourself, you are stepping aside and this sure doesn't look like it", Wyden said, referring to Sessions' involvement in the firing letters to Comey.

Tuesday's hearing may also throw new light on the awkward state of the relationship between Trump and Sessions.

The White House, the Justice Department and the Federal Bureau of Investigation did not respond immediately to requests for comment.

Critics charged that by firing Mr Comey on 9 May, Mr Trump was trying to hinder the FBI's Russian Federation probe and the ex-FBI chief added fuel to that accusation with his testimony last week.

In recent days, Trump supporters such as Newt Gingrich and Rush Limbaugh have questioned if Mueller can conduct a fair inquiry.

And would Sessions and Rosenstein risk being fired themselves and refuse to fire Mueller? He added that "if there were good cause, I would consider it". At all times throughout the course of the campaign, the confirmation process, and since becoming Attorney General, I have dedicated myself to the highest standards.

He said he would agree to dismiss Mueller only if there were a legitimate basis to do so, and an order from the president would not necessarily qualify.

  • Leroy Wright