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Sessions' testimony to Congress Tuesday will be open to public

13 June 2017

The next day, Sessions recused himself from the Russian Federation investigation and said it would be overseen by his deputy attorney general, who last month appointed a special counsel to handle the probe.

The matter is also being investigated by several congressional panels, including the Senate Intelligence Committee.

He explained that he was withdrawing from public testimony because he believes members of the committee intend to question him on "issues related to the investigation into Russian interference with the 2016 election".

Sessions recused himself from the investigation into Russian hacking and alleged ties to Trump months before Comey was sacked.

Sessions, among the earliest high-profile backers of Donald Trump's presidential campaign, will appear days after explosive testimony by ousted FBI director James Comey suggested Trump sought to interfere with the sprawling Russian Federation investigation.

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Sen. Richard Burr (R-N.C.), the committee's chairman, announced Sessions' hearing on Monday morning. CNN reported at the time that the Federal Bureau of Investigation denied Priebus' request, although White House press secretary Sean Spicer said at the time that the White House was simply asking the Federal Bureau of Investigation "to tell the truth" in response to reports about Trump campaign communications with Russian officials.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions will testify before the Senate Intelligence Committee in an open public hearing Tuesday.

On Wednesday, written testimony by Comey about his alleged interactions with President Donald Trump was released in which the ex-director noted that he asked Sessions "prevent any future direct communication" between Trump and himself after the two shared a private dinner on January 27 and a one-on-one Oval Office meeting on February 14 that Comey found to be "inappropriate". And then, according to Comey's testimony last week, it looked like Jeff Sessions somehow was in the middle of all of this.

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. Kislyak is the same official whose secret phone call with former national security adviser Michael Flynn eventually led to Flynn's resignation.

"Sessions actually offered to resign, even though his friends say he doesn't want to leave, but Trump has refused to accept that resignation".

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Trump himself attributed his dismissal of Comey to the Russian Federation investigation.

Sessions will answer lawmakers' questions on those matters Tuesday at the hearing.

Sessions stepped aside in March from the federal investigation into contacts between Russia and the campaign after acknowledging that he had met twice past year with the Russian ambassador to the US.

Meantime, Napolitano responded to former House Speaker Newt Gingrich arguing that the special counsel's investigation is not neutral and part of a "witch hunt" against President Donald Trump. On Friday, the panel told the White House it wants to know if there are Trump tapes. "He was asked during the hearing about communications between Russian Federation and the Trump campaign - not about meetings he took as a senator and a member of the Armed Services Committee", She said.

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Sessions' testimony to Congress Tuesday will be open to public