Jeff Sessions to publicly testify on James Comey’s firing, meetings with Russian official

Attorney General Jeff Sessions during a cabinet meeting with President Trump at the White House on Monday. Credit Doug Mills/The New York Times

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U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions is in the hot seat today as he’s expected to be grilled by the Senate Intelligence Committee on his meetings with a Russian official and any discussions he had with the president before FBI Director James Comey was fired.

The U.S. attorney general requested to appear before that committee instead of the House and Senate Appropriations Committees, which he was originally scheduled to appear today.

“The Senate Intelligence Committee is the most appropriate forum for such matters, as it has been conducting an investigation and has access to relevant, classified information,” Sessions wrote in a letter on Saturday sent to the appropriations committees.

Some of the questions likely to be posed to Sessions will focus on his meetings with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak during the campaign.

Another likely line of inquiry will be on any discussions Sessions had with the president before the president decided to dismiss Comey. However, according to a source, Sessions is expected to claim executive privilege, insisting it would be inappropriate to discuss conversations with the president in an open setting.

Sessions is scheduled to testify before the Senate Intelligence Committee at 2:30 p.m. ET.

ABC News’ Mike Levine contributed to this report.

Includes video:


Jeff Sessions Will Testify in Public Before Senate Committee

WASHINGTON — Attorney General Jeff Sessions agreed on Monday to testify publicly before the Senate Intelligence Committee about his connections to an investigation of Russian meddling in the 2016 election.

Mr. Sessions is expected on Tuesday to defend his interactions with both Russian officials and James B. Comey, who was fired by President Trump as F.B.I. director.

The attorney general will face lingering questions about his meetings last year with Sergey I. Kislyak, the Russian ambassador, which were revealed after he denied meeting with anyone from the Russian government during his confirmation hearing.

Mr. Sessions said he recused himself from the Russia investigation because of his work for Mr. Trump during the campaign, though his announcement came a day after The Washington Post revealed his meetings with Mr. Kislyak. Senators are likely to question him about why he was then involved in the firing of Mr. Comey — a decision that Mr. Trump later said during an NBC News interview was related to the Russia investigation.

Senators are also eager to talk to Mr. Sessions as Congress weighs whether Mr. Trump may have tried to obstruct justice by remarking to Mr. Comey that he hoped he would “let this go,” referring to the F.B.I. investigation into Michael T. Flynn, his former national security adviser.

Mr. Sessions was present at the Feb. 14 meeting when Mr. Trump asked the attendees to leave so he could speak privately with Mr. Comey about the Flynn investigation.


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One Response to “Jeff Sessions to publicly testify on James Comey’s firing, meetings with Russian official”

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