Attorney General Jeff Sessions to publicly testify Tuesday to Senate Intelligence committee

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Attorney General Jeff Sessions to publicly testify Tuesday to Senate Intelligence committee

And if not, why did Sessions agree to leave the president alone with someone who was technically his subordinate - the Federal Bureau of Investigation is part of the Justice Department - for a discussion that would have been within his purview?

What to expect: Sessions will be asked about his ties to Kislyak.

"The Attorney General has requested that this hearing be public".

Former FBI Director James Comey testified before the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence last week that Sessions was silent when Comey told him about his concerns about meeting with Trump alone. Among the guests are Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch of Utah and Lamar Alexander of Tennessee, who leads the Health Committee. But the former Central Intelligence Agency director John Brennan recently told Congress that his "radar" went off anytime Russians met with the Trump campaign because he knew the Russians were trying to influence the election, and he knew they often did that by trying to recruit "either wittingly or unwittingly" USA officials to help. He said he would agree to dismiss Mueller only if there were a legitimate basis to do so. She said such a move would "destroy any shred of trust in the president's judgment that remains over here".

"I don't understand why the president just doesn't clear this matter up once and for all", said Sen.

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 sacked.

Sessions, an early and ardent supporter of U.S. President Donald Trump's 2016 election campaign, would be the highest government official to testify before the Senate intelligence committee in its probe of allegations that Russian Federation may have sought to interfere in the election. Chris Van Hollen of Maryland called it the "height of arrogance" for Sessions not to be present.

1. How many times did Sessions meet with Sergey Kislyak?

There had previously been debate whether Sessions' testimony would be open or closed door. "I did not attend any meetings at that event separate", Sessions said.

It could be because they didn't like seeing one of their former colleagues - Sessions was in the Senate 20 years - under the hot glare of the national spotlight.

In addition to Sessions' possible testimony, the question remains whether or not Trump taped his conversations with Comey.

He did not explicitly endorse Sessions' appearance, saying in response to a question, "We're aware of it, and we'll go from there".

Republican Senator James Lankford, a member of the intelligence panel, told CBS' "Face the Nation" the decision was not finalized, but "I assume that this will be public".

A Democratic senator asked Comey last week about whether Sessions was adhering to his recusal from matters related to the Russian Federation investigation in light of the fact that when Trump fired Comey, the White House released a memo from Sessions recommending his removal.

But now, if some accounts are to be believed, the once unshakable bond between Attorney General Jeff Sessions and President Donald Trump has been showing strain.

"The Attorney General has requested that this hearing be public", Justice Department spokeswoman Sarah Isgur Flores said in a statement.

Comey also complained, Rachel, that Sessions was not responding appropriately to his complaints that the president was leaning on the Federal Bureau of Investigation director.

Whatever they are, they're "facts that I can't discuss in an open setting", Comey said. "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".

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