Attorney General Sessions Set to Testify in Russia Probe Hearing

Attorney General Sessions Set to Testify in Russia Probe Hearing

Ron Wyden aggressively questioned Attorney General Jeff Sessions on just what former FBI Director James Comey thought was "problematic" about Sessions that would ultimately lead to his recusal in the federal Russian Federation probe. He vowed to defend his honor "against scurrilous and false allegations".

Spicer, the spokesman, declined to say then that Sessions enjoyed Trump's confidence, though spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders said later in the week that the president had confidence "in all of his Cabinet".

Sessions is expected to face sharp questions from his former Senate colleagues about his role in FBI Director James Comey's firing, his Russian contacts during the campaign and his decision to step aside from the investigation involving Moscow and the Trump campaign. Comey told the intelligence committee that, after an encounter with President Trump in which he said Trump pressured him to back off an investigation into the former national security adviser, Comey "implored" Sessions to make sure he was never left alone with the president again - but that Sessions didn't respond.

Senate Intelligence Chairman Richard Burr, R-N.C., and Vice Chairman Mark Warner, D-Va., jointly announced that Sessions would testify on new developments Tuesday at 2:30 p.m. ET "in open session".

"I have known Mr. Mueller over the years, he served 12 years as Federal Bureau of Investigation director".

The former Alabama senator also defended himself against accusations that he misrepresented himself during his confirmation hearing when he said he hadn't met with Russian officials during the campaign. Sessions argued that in the context of that hearing, "my answer was a fair and correct response to the charge as I understood it".

Two senators say they are disappointed that Attorney General Jeff Sessions has sent his deputy to testify before a committee hearing on the Justice Department's budget.

The high-stakes testimony also takes place amid reported friction between Sessions and Trump, who criticized the attorney general's decision to recuse himself from the Russian Federation probe. He said he would agree to dismiss Mueller only if there were a legitimate basis to do so.

"I think it depends on the scope of the questions", Spicer said. "But because a Department of Justice regulation, 28 CFR 45.2, required it".

Sessions, according to "sources familiar with his thinking", will deny meeting privately with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak at an event at the Mayflower Hotel in April 2016, which Comey reportedly suggested during the closed session last week.

Sessions said he was there for a speech by then-candidate Trump and members of Sessions' staff also were there.

As attorney general, Sessions is unlikely to answer in detail questions about conversations he's had with Trump.

A source close to the attorney general told Axios that although Sessions was at the event, he did not recall any interaction with the ambassador, and no private meeting took place.

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