He noted that Sessions, however, can have no involvement in that investigation, since he’s already recused himself.
Sen. Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii, said he was troubled that Sessions wouldn’t appear before the appropriations panel and that the apparent reason was “he does not want to discuss the scope of his recusal from the investigation regarding the 2016 presidential campaign as well as his significant interactions with Russian officials”.
Attorney General Jeff Sessions is preparing for sharp questions from his former Senate colleagues about his role in the firing of James Comey and his Russian contacts during the campaign.
The whole story on the Russians’ alleged role in US elections remains to be explored by ex-FBI director Robert Mueller – who became special counsel after Sessions recused himself from the probe.
On Tuesday, Sessions will have the chance to give his own answer in person – or explain to senators what other conversations he and Trump may have had on this subject about which Comey might not have been aware.
Look for senators to focus on three troubling questions in the Sessions hearing.
Last week, ABC News learned that the relationship between Trump and Sessions had declined to the point that Sessions recently suggested he could resign.
The White House, the Justice Department and the Federal Bureau of Investigation did not respond immediately to requests for comment.
Sessions had launched a tough pro-enforcement agenda on drug crimes and immigration when the Washington Post reported that he had met with the Russian ambassador twice during the 2016 campaign.
The attorney general testified under oath that he “did not have communications with the Russians” during the campaign. He has acknowledged two meetings previous year with Russia’s ambassador to the U.S., Sergei Kislyak.
Senators on that committee are expected to question Sessions about his meetings with Russians – a topic that has come under increased scrutiny amid investigations into Russian meddling in the USA presidential election.
“There’s no doubt that conversations that involve national security in a real sense are potentially protected by an executive privilege”, Amann said.
Another key question on senators’ minds: Sessions’ role in Comey’s firing.
Comey also has said Sessions did not respond when he complained he did not “want to get time alone with the President again”. But Trump quickly altered that talking point, saying the Russian Federation investigation indeed factored into why he fired Comey. Can he be trusted to not interfere in the department’s independent Russian Federation investigation, which is now being led by a special counsel? Really, those committees aren’t getting anywhere, if there was really anything done wrong, it’ll come out of the Special Counsel and my suspicion is that very little of anything will come out of there.
The matter has dogged the Republican president’s early months in office.
She described Comey’s testimony as “candid” and “thorough” and said she would support a subpoena if needed. They also emphasized Comey’s admission that he arranged to have contents of his memos leaked to the news media.
Attorney General Jeff Sessions is the arguably the most vulnerable member of President Donald Trump’s cabinet. The documents, detailed during Comey’s testimony, would loom large in an obstruction of justice or impeachment case.
Sen. Richard Burr, R-N.C., and Sessions negotiated details of the hearing directly, according to aides familiar with their talks.
He said Trump reached out to him again after the inauguration but he refused to call back, shortly before he was sacked.