Published: Mon, June 12, 2017
Global Media | By Garry Long

Attorney General Sessions next up for Capitol Hill scrutiny

Attorney General Sessions next up for Capitol Hill scrutiny

During his testimony, Sessions is likely to have to answer specific questions about his involvement in the firing of Comey even though he had recused himself when it came to the Russian Federation probe.

It was not immediately clear whether Sessions would testify at a public hearing.

In a closed session afterward, Comey said the Federal Bureau of Investigation had received unconfirmed reports that Sessions might have had a third meeting with Ambassador Sergey Kisylak during a reception for then-candidate Donald Trump at Washington's Mayflower Hotel.

Members of the Appropriations Committee were none too happy with Sessions' decision. Sen.

Though Trump has lambasted Comey as a "leaker", he also claimed "total and complete vindication" following the ex-FBI chief's testimony, focusing on Comey's confirmation that Trump was not personally being probed. James Lankford, a Republican from Oklahoma, told CBS' Face the Nationthat the hearing is likely to be open but emphasized that nothing has been decided. Mike Lee, the Utah senator, said of Mr Comey: "He doesn't..."

"Some members [of the subcommittees] have publicly stated their intention to focus their questions on issues related to the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election, from which I have recused, and for which the deputy attorney general appointed a special counsel, " Sessions wrote.

But the top Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee says it's a question worth examining. "Unless someone has evidence that the content of that conversation showed Sessions working against the interests of the United States of America, I don't think we have a crime here".

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

Ousted FBI Director James Comey's testimony last week heavily implicated Session in multiple matters related to the Russian Federation investigation and called into question how thorough his recusal has been from matters relating to the 2016 presidential campaign. The Justice Department has denied that, saying Sessions stressed to Comey the need to be careful about following appropriate policies. Feinstein said she was especially concerned after National Intelligence Director Dan Coats and National Security Agency Director Michael Rogers refused to answer questions from the intelligence committee about possible undue influence by Trump.

"There's an unpredictability. He projects an instability", Feinstein said.

Back in March, Sessions stepped aside from overseeing a federal investigation into contacts between Russia and the Trump campaign after he acknowledged meeting twice past year with the Russian diplomat, Sergey Kislyak.

Sessions has been dogged by questions about possible additional encounters with the ambassador, Sergey Kislyak. But he's expected to face questions about those Kislyak meetings, his recusal from the Russian Federation investigation and his involvement in Comey's firing.

As for the timing of Sessions' recusal, Comey said the FBI expected the attorney general to take himself out of the matters under investigation weeks before he actually did.

"There's a real question of the propriety of the attorney general participating in that in any way, shape or form", Reed said on "Fox News Sunday".

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