Sessions' Testimony Will Be Open to Public

Justin Greene
June 14, 2017

When Attorney General Jeff Sessions testifies before the Senate Intelligence Committee Tuesday, it will be in a hearing that's open to the public. Sessions had recused himself from Russian Federation probe matters, after failing to disclose two meetings with Russia's ambassador to the USA on his security-clearance paperwork and during Senate Judiciary Committee confirmation hearings.

The hearing in the Hart Senate Office Building is scheduled to start at 2:30 p.m. ET Tuesday.

A Justice Department official told CNN on Sunday that department officials expected the hearing would be closed but said the final decision was up to the Senate committee.

Democratic Sen. Ron Wyden of OR, also a member of the intelligence panel, sent a letter to panel Chairman Richard Burr of North Carolina and Warner asking for the hearing to be open. Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein will attend that hearing in his place, and Sessions will go before the Senate Intelligence Committee. The White House has denied any collusion with Moscow. President Trump has demonstrated multiple times that his tweets can change the course of this Russian Federation investigation.

Yesterday, Schumer also said he would like to clear up the matter of whether Trump does indeed have tapes of his conversations with Comey, as the president has suggested.

Sen. Elizabeth Warren's fraught history with now-Attorney General Jeff Sessions is no secret.


"You need to testify before both in public", Mr. Leahy said in a tweet.

Members of the committee are likely to ask Sessions about a possible third undisclosed meeting that is now under investigation, according to media reports.

Comey seemed to suggest during his testimony that Sessions had an undisclosed Russian Federation issue that would have led to his eventual recusal from the investigation. White House spokesman Sean Spicer declined to say that Sessions enjoyed Trump's confidence.

That remark came after revelations emerged that Sessions had met with Russia's ambassador to the US last year, despite testifying under oath during a confirmation hearing that he "did not have communications with the Russians".

JOHNSON: Yeah. The attorneys general for Washington, D.C., and Maryland tell The Washington Post they're planning to sue the president for violating the emoluments clause of the Constitution, that language that says the president can't accept gifts from foreign governments, though state AGs say they're in a better position to sue than some private actors because the convention centers in their states are actually losing out to Trump hotels and Trump resorts. Either way, senators said he would face pointed questions not only about his contacts with Russian officials, but also about his conversations with James B. Comey, the ousted F.B.I. director.

The president had said Comey's testimony vindicates his assertion that Trump himself was not personally under the investigation.

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