Jeff Sessions to testify about dealings with Russian Officials

Attorney General Jeff Sessions speaks during an event at the Justice Department in May

And if he acknowledges he had some concerns, he will open up a new line of questioning about the conduct of President Trump and his advisers.

Did Comey relate that in a closed door session?

Is it too cynical to suggest that Attorney General Jefferson Beauregard Sessions III must have decided on a plausible set of lies, evasions, and half-truths about Donald Trump and Russian Federation and obstruction of justice and his own contacts with Russian Federation?

Intelligence committee members are also likely to ask Sessions about a possible third undisclosed meeting with Kislyak that is now under investigation, according to media reports.Sessions, an early supporter of Trump's election campaign, will be the most senior government official to testify to the committee on the Russian Federation issue, which has dogged the Republican president's early months in office.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.

"It depends on the scope of the questions", White House press secretary Sean Spicer said, but wouldn't elaborate. Recent news reports have said Sessions offered to resign just weeks ago, saying he needed to be given "the freedom" to do his job.

The Comey hearing certainly lived up to the hype.

The last person to leave was Jared Kushner, who also stood by my chair and exchanged pleasantries with me. He is a good guy. That's what I think he's going to be considerably anxious about.

Trump supporters have insisted that the president did nothing wrong, since there is nothing wrong with expressing "hope". The request came, according to Comey, after a February 14 Oval Office meeting in which Comey alleges the president asked everyone, including Sessions to leave the room. Republicans have pressed Trump to say whether he has tapes of private conversations with Comey and provide them to Congress if he does - or possibly face a subpoena. "I took it as a very disturbing thing, very concerning".

But behind the scenes, there was significant pushback from Democrats - including Senate Intelligence Committee vice chairman Mark Warner - who raised objections with Senate Intelligence Chairman Richard Burr that Sessions may be trying to skirt public scrutiny.

In addition to the Senate Intelligence Committee's investigation into Russia's role in US politics, special counsel Robert Mueller is leading an independent inquiry into Russia's meddling and potential links between Russians and the Trump campaign, after being appointed by Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein last month. A little more than two months later, however, the Attorney-General signed a letter recommending Mr. Trump fire Mr. Comey, a sacking the President acknowledged had to do with the Russian Federation investigation.

What Sessions will and won't choose to answer "is up to him", CNN's senior legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin told Wolf Blitzer on "The Situation Room" on Monday.

The hearing in the Hart Senate Office Building is scheduled to start at 2:30 p.m. ET. Typically, Senate Intelligence hearings on this topic have lasted about three hours. A Justice Department spokeswoman tells NPR that Sessions requested it be public.

- Third Sessions-Russia meeting?

Sessions' hearing comes less than a week after fired FBI Director James Comey testified before the same committee. "The president then excused him, saying he wanted to speak with me". He will also likely be asked if he knows of any ties between anyone in Trump's campaign who may have coordinated with the Russians, and if there is any suggestion of obstruction of justice by the president following the firing of national security adviser Michael Flynn. If Sessions did reply, what did he say or do?


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