AG Sessions to testify Tuesday at Senate intelligence panel

In a letter Saturday to Sen.

In the most eagerly anticipated US congressional hearing in years, Comey told lawmakers the Trump administration had lied and defamed him and the Federal Bureau of Investigation after the president dismissed him on May 9.

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) said in a statement on Friday it wants members of Congress to question US Attorney General Jeff Sessions about his own relations with Russian Federation and his role in the firing of former Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Director James Comey. Richard Shelby, R-Ala., Sessions said that he had been scheduled to discuss the Justice Department budget before House and Senate Appropriations subcommittees but that it had become clear some members would focus their questions on the Russian Federation investigation. He had told lawmakers at his January confirmation hearing that he had not met with Russians during the campaign.

CNN later reported that congressional investigators have been probing whether Sessions had a possible third, undisclosed meeting with Kislyak.

Sessions' testimony is expected to occur Tuesday in a closed meeting and to focus on the moments leading up to the private February 14 conversation where, according to Comey, President Trump pressed the then-FBI director to drop the investigation into former national security adviser Michael Flynn.

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The comment comes after Sanders and White House press secretary Sean Spicer declined the last two days to say whether Trump had confidence in Sessions. "We also were aware of facts that I can't discuss in an open setting that would make his continued engagement in a Russia-related investigation problematic". Richard Shelby's appropriations panel.

"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 should resign as attorney general".

Describing the February 14 meeting in which Sessions was asked to leave the Oval Office so Trump could talk to Comey alone, the deposed Federal Bureau of Investigation director said: "My sense was the attorney general knew he shouldn't be leaving, which is why he was lingering". The fact that Sessions would delegate that task to his deputy showed the Russian Federation investigation was distracting him from his core duties.

Blumenthal was there in the audience Thursday as Comey testified before the Senate Intelligence Committee.

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