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Sessions to appear before Senate intelligence committee

12 June 2017

Whether that hearing will be public or closed is not known.

On Saturday, Sessions said he would appear before the Senate intelligence committee on Tuesday in order to answer questions about fired Federal Bureau of Investigation director James Comey (it's not clear whether this will be conducted in public), but Sen. Sessions said in a letter on Saturday that he will appear before the committee to address matters that Comey brought up last week in testimony to the same panel.

It was a breezy, surprisingly pleasant summer week in Washington as the frenzy around potential Trump-Russia revelations reached near-carnival levels. "We've obviously pressed the White House", he said. His daughter and top adviser, Ivanka Trump, is leading events focused on workforce development and college affordability.

Spending the weekend at his golf resort in Bedminster, New Jersey, Trump followed the Comey tweet with a second aimed at Democrats: "The Democrats have no message, not on economics, not on taxes, not on jobs, not on failing #Obamacare". After he fired his FBI Director, then he raised the possibility that he had tapes of his conversations with Comey (the White House still hasn't answered the question of if any tapes do exist.) On Sunday, Mr. Trump was again taking aim at Comey, labeling him "cowardly" for leaking material to the press after he was booted from the FBI.

On Sunday, Trump called Comey "very cowardly" in a Tweet and questioned the legality of his actions.

A committee member, Democratic Sen.

He said Trump reached out to him again after the inauguration but he refused to call back, shortly before he was sacked.

Sessions: Will he or won't he? Jeff Sessions will testify before the Senate Intelligence Committee on Tuesday, and his testimony could be the most explosive so far. Reed said Sessions would be asked about any undeclared meetings he might have had with Russians.

"I would be fine with issuing a subpoena, but that most likely would come from the special counsel's office", Collins told CNN. But he may face sharper questioning from the Intelligence Committee, which has had access to intelligence materials in its inquiry into the Russian meddling.

"I challenge the jurisdiction, to some extent".

"Our judgment, as I recall, was that he was very close [to the campaign] and inevitably going to recuse himself", Comey said during his testimony.

Most Democrats are being cautious about whether President Donald Trump might have obstructed justice in the Russian Federation investigation and his dealings with fired FBI chief James Comey.

A Justice Department official told CNN on Sunday that department officials expected the hearing would be closed but said the final decision was up to the Senate committee. "None of this needs be classified". Al Franken (D-MN) asked Sessions whether he was aware of any connections between members of the Trump team and Russian Federation.

President Donald Trump's firing of Comey, whose FBI was investigating Russian meddling, led to an outcry among lawmakers. "Unless someone has evidence that the content of that conversation showed Sessions working against the interests of the United States of America, I don't think we have a crime here". He also urged Trump to produce any tapes of his conversations with Comey.

On Comey's accusations that Trump pressed him to drop the FBI investigation of Flynn, Bharara said "no one knows right now whether there is a provable case of obstruction" of justice.