Attorney General Jeff Sessions needs to reveal what he knows specifically about the meetings between President Donald Trump and former FBI Director James Comey, a Republican congressman on the foreign affairs committee said Monday.
There had previously been debate whether Sessions’ testimony would be open or closed door.
A third area of vulnerability for Sessions also arose from the Comey hearing.
A Justice Department spokeswoman said Monday morning that Sessions believes “It is important for the American people to hear the truth directly from him”.
“I know him to be an honorable man, and I think this is just a chance for him to put all that to rest”, Cornyn said.
The hearing comes less than a week after Comey’s explosive testimony.
And on Tuesday, odds are good that Sessions may also not respond to some of the most pressing questions at the hearing.
That’s why the reports last week that Sessions offered to resign over a new, incredible strain between the two, was surprising.
Lawmakers for weeks have demanded answers from Sessions, particularly about meetings he had last summer and fall with the Russian ambassador to the United States, Sergey Kislyak. Sens. Al Franken of Minnesota and Patrick Leahy of Vermont have sought an FBI investigation.
Sessions and Trump have been close allies for more than a year. That was not so, he said. Multiple reports have cited sources saying that central to that split was Trump’s belief that Sessions should never have recused himself from overseeing the Russian Federation probe.
King said, though, that he would not agree with those calling Comey’s testimony last week a “diversion”. You, the attorney general, have to be between the president and me. “Wyden, there are none”, Sessions insisted, his voice rising. But Comey didn’t say Trump fired him specifically to curtail the Russian Federation investigation beyond ousting Comey as the leader, and he did tell Congress that Trump never specifically asked him to back up the investigation into Russia’s role in the election.
Trump’s allies attempted to move the national storyline away from Russian Federation on the Sunday talk shows, arguing that Comey’s testimony about former Attorney General Loretta Lynch to call the Hillary Clinton email investigation a “matter” was more compelling.
Before Trump testifies, however, Schumer said he first would have to consult with special counsel Robert Mueller. U won’t be unless Bob Mueller says so.
The Justice Department has denied that, saying Mr Sessions stressed to Mr Comey the need to be careful about following appropriate policies.
Trump’s chief White House liaison to the Hill, Marc Short, admitted last week in a call with reporters that Russian Federation questions had sucked much of the oxygen out of the room.
“I am not sure he is the best performer under questioning from fellow senators”.
As news of his testimony broke, Sessions attended a Cabinet meeting with Trump at the White House.
Feinstein, who used to chair the Senate Intelligence Committee and is the top Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee, tossed a curveball back at the attorney general, arguing he should testify publicly before the seasoned lawyers and prosecutors of the Judiciary Committee. He asserted that “I am protecting the right of the president to assert if it he chooses and there may be other privileges that may apply”.