US Attorney General says he'll address Senate on Comey's allegations against Trump

US Attorney General says he'll address Senate on Comey's allegations against Trump

Concerns have been raised about whether Sessions helped otherwise subvert the ongoing Russia-related investigations.

"There's a question of his [Sessions'] participation in the firing of [former FBI] director Comey", Democratic Senator Jack Reed of Rhode Island said on Fox News Sunday.

Sessions on Saturday said he would appear before the intelligence committee, which has been doing its own investigation into Russian contacts with the Trump campaign. Feinstein said she was especially concerned after National Intelligence Director Dan Coats and National Security Agency Director Michael Rogers refused to answer questions from the intelligence committee about possible undue influence by Trump.

The committee "is the most appropriate forum for such matters, as it has been conducting an investigation and has access to relevant, classified information", he added.

"The attorney -general was not silent; he responded to this comment by saying that the Federal Bureau of Investigation and Department of Justice needed to be careful about following appropriate policies regarding contacts with the White House", the statement said. He later recused himself from the investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election.

He said during his confirmation hearing that he had not met with Russians during the campaign.

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. The fact that Sessions would delegate that task showed the Russian Federation investigation was distracting him from his core duties.

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

USA Today reports that Sessions' testimony is expected to be behind closed doors and to target the February 14 meeting in the oval office in which, according to former FBI Director James Comey, Sessions was asked to step out of the room to leave Comey and the president alone. "My impression was, something big is about to happen", Comey said, as he recalled the encounter.

WYDEN: Let me turn to the attorney general.

-Feinstein acknowledged she "would have a queasy feeling, too" if Comey's testimony was true that Loretta Lynch, as President Barack Obama's attorney general, had directed him to describe the FBI probe into Hillary Clinton's email practices as merely a "matter" and to avoid calling it an investigation.

Mr Sessions said his decision to accept the intelligence committee's invitation to appear was due in part to Mr Comey's testimony.

It was later reported that Comey privately told the Senate Intelligence Committee that Sessions was involved in a third undisclosed meeting with Russian officials during the campaign.

Mr Sessions recused himself in March from a federal investigation into contacts between Russia and the presidential campaign of Donald Trump after acknowledging that he had met twice previous year with the Russian ambassador to the United States.

Comey "put a dagger, if you will, right near the heart of Sessions", Rather said.

"I urge that the committee hold a public hearing with the Attorney General in the open so that the American public can hear for themselves what he has to say with regard to connections to the Russians and the President's abuse of power", Wyden wrote.

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