Questions For Sessions At The Senate Intelligence Committee Hearing

Justin Greene
June 14, 2017

When Attorney General Jeff Sessions testifies before the Senate Intelligence Committee on Tuesday, it will be in a hearing that is open to the public.

"I should not be involved in investigating a campaign I had a role in", Sessions said at the Justice Department on the day he announced his decision.

"I wish he would spend his efforts messaging these issues instead of, again, the day-to-day of this investigation", he said. "When he's ready to further discuss it he will", Mr. Spicer said.

A day after The Washington Post reported that, Sessions recused himself from the Russian Federation investigation.

Former White House press secretary Ari Fleischer advised Trump to "stop talking" Sunday before he finds himself in legal trouble.

Trump's aides have dodged questions about whether conversations relevant to the Russian Federation investigation have been recorded, and so has the president.

"The Attorney General has requested that this hearing be public", Justice Department spokeswoman Sarah Isgur Flores said in a statement.

Sessions is scheduled to appear before the Senate Intelligence Committee around 2:30 p.m. Tuesday.

First, Democrats will grill him on Comey's revelations - for instance, his claim that Sessions appeared to recognize the inappropriateness of Trump's request to meet the Federal Bureau of Investigation director alone on February 14.

Almost a month after firing off a suggestion on Twitter that such tapes may exist, Trump still refused to answer the question directly.

On "Fox & Friends" Monday, Conway noted Comey's testimony that Loretta Lynch, as President Barack Obama's attorney general, directed him to describe the FBI probe into Hillary Clinton's email practices as a "matter" and to avoid calling it an investigation.

The Justice Department says Sessions has requested Tuesday's committee hearing be open because he "believes it is important for the American people to hear the truth directly from him".

Spicer refused to engage reporters who asked why the president won't give a clear-cut answer on the potential recordings. Comey alleges that Trump then privately asked him to drop a probe into former national security adviser Michael Flynn's contacts with Russian Federation. And if he disagrees with Comey and explains in a public hearing the reasons for his recusal, it will likely lead to more questions about why he didn't also recuse himself from the firing of Comey.

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 past year with the Russian ambassador to the United States.

Even if the tapes were real, the GOP aide added, they would probably prove Comey's side of the story and undercut the President's version of events.

The White House has already acknowledged that Sessions will not hesitate to invoke executive privilege, which may limit knowledge-sharing quite a bit. Barring the emergence of evidence such as a surreptitious recording of the conversation - Trump tweeted that Comey had better hope there are no tapes - deciding which of the two men's accounts is factual may depend on which details most accurately reflect others' recollections.

The White House disputed the characterization, calling it offensive.

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