Sessions' testimony to Congress Tuesday to be open to public

Posted June 14, 2017

It was unclear on Sunday whether the committee planned to question the attorney general on Tuesday in an open or closed session. But suddenly on Saturday, the Justice Department announced that Sessions would instead talk to the Senate Intelligence Committee. Democrats on the Senate Intelligence Committee are not happy - other Democrats, too.

Briefing congressional appropriators on the Justice Department's budget is a critical part of the attorney general's job.

Sessions stepped aside in March from the federal investigation into contacts between Russia and the campaign after acknowledging that had met twice previous year with the Russian ambassador to the U.S. He had told lawmakers at his January confirmation hearing that he had not met with Russians during the campaign.

Two days ago, the also Secretary of Justice communicated that decision by a letter, which will be part of an investigation on alleged Russian meddling in the November 8´s elections and collusion with US President Donald Trump's campaign.

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.

The U.S. Secret Service says it doesn't have any recordings or transcripts of any tapes recorded within President Donald Trump's White House.

Russian Federation has denied interfering in the US election.

Comey has said Sessions did not respond when he complained he didn't "want to get time alone with the president again".

Yesterday, Schumer also said he would like to clear up the matter of whether Trump does indeed have tapes of his conversations with Comey, as the president has suggested.

Fellow Republicans, meanwhile, pressed Trump to come clean about whether he has tapes of private conversations with fired FBI Director James Comey and provide them to Congress if he does - or possibly face a subpoena. White House spokesman Sean Spicer declined to say that Sessions enjoyed Trump's confidence.

Trump on Sunday accused Comey of "cowardly" leaks and predicted many more from him.

"We have to keep in mind that this is one person's record of what happened". Mr. Schumer said. "It doesn't seem to stand up well to me".

"It's a very weird and peculiar thing for a one-on-one conversation without the attorney general, without warning, between the president and me or any United States attorney who has been asked to investigate various things and is in a position hypothetically to investigate business interests and associates of the president", said Mr. Bharara, who was sacked by the president hours after he refused to return a call from him.