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Jeff Sessions offers to testify in front of Senate Intelligence Committee

13 June 2017

"I urge that the committee hold a hearing with the attorney general in the open", Sen.

Last week, Jefferson Beauregard Sessions III dispatched a minion to inform those waiting on him to make an appearance before the House and Senate Appropriations Committee, that their hearing did not fit his busy schedule of cotillions.

According to Christopher Anders, the group's deputy director, "There is absolutely no reason why the hearing room doors should be shut, cameras turned off, and all American citizens left in the dark when Sessions testifies".

Sessions' appearance before the intelligence committee is an indication of just how much the Russian Federation investigation has shaded his tenure.

Media reports last week said Sessions offered to resign because of tensions with the president over his decision to recuse himself from the FBI's Russian Federation probe.

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Sessions' testimony will be open to the public.

"As you know, Mr. Comey, Director Comey, said we need to talk about some of these things in closed session, so I can't confirm whether there were other meetings", said King.

Comey's remarks drew an angry response Friday from the president, who accused him of lying.

Critics charged that by firing Comey on May 9 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. And, if Sessions was aware of the President's rationale, Reed said he expects that senators will ask why he did not remove himself from discussions about Comey.

Senator Lankford, agreed the panel needed to hear any tapes, if they exist.

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White House press secretary Sean Spicer told the daily briefing: "The president made clear in the Rose Garden last week he'll have an announcement shortly".

"Recommending Director Comey's firing would seem to be a violation of his recusal, and Attorney General Sessions needs to answer for that", Schumer said Monday. Comey testified last week that Trump shooed Sessions out of the Oval Office so he could be alone with Comey, then asked Comey to back off the FBI's investigation of fired national security adviser Michael Flynn. But he says the president "believes that the sooner we can get this addressed and dealt with" the better.

Sessions, a close campaign adviser to Donald Trump and the first senator to endorse him, stepped aside from the investigation in early March after acknowledging he had spoken twice in the months before the election with the Russian ambassador to the United States. Comey said he could only elaborate in closed session, leading to speculation that Sessions was more deeply involved than previously known.

America's top justice official will be the most senior government official to testify before the Senate committee, which is looking into allegations that Russian Federation had tried to meddle in last November's election. Senate judiciary committee Chairman Chuck Grassley and Feinstein formally requested Comey's memos of his meeting with Trump from Comey's friend Daniel Richman.

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