Attorney General Sessions' Testimony To Senate Panel Will Be Public

Special Counsel Mueller Must Recuse from Comey Part of Inquiry

In addition to the Senate Intelligence Committee's investigation into Russia's role in US politics, special counsel Robert Mueller is leading an independent inquiry into Russia's meddling and potential links between Russians and the Trump campaign, after being appointed by Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein last month.

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 high-stakes testimony also takes place amid reported friction between Sessions and Trump, who criticized the attorney general's decision to recuse himself in the Russian Federation probe.

Questioned by Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR), Former FBI Director James Comey dropped a hint about some kind of information with regards to Attorney General Sessions and the Russian Federation investigation, which Comey was convinced would lead to Sessions recusing himself from the Russian Federation probe. Mark Warner, D-Va., vice chair and ranking Democrat, jointly announced that Sessions would testify Tuesday at 2:30 p.m. ET "in open session".

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"In light of reports regarding Mr. Comey's recent testimony before the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, it is important that I have an opportunity to address these matters in the appropriate forum", wrote Sessions. 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.

Because of Comey's testimony, Sessions says he wants to talk to the same committee Comey did. The committee shortly after said the hearing would be open. Did Comey relate that in a closed door session?

He'll most likely be asked about his involvement in the Russia investigation and his undisclosed contacts with the Russian ambassador.

"Look, the president of the United States, as we all know, is a unitary executive", Sekulow said on ABC's "This Week".

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She said Sessions should also testify before the Judiciary Committee, because it was better suited to explore legal questions of possible obstruction.

[O] n Sunday, ABC's George Stephanopoulos asked Trump attorney Jay Sekulow whether the president would pledge not to interfere or order the attorney general to fire Mueller. Rejecting White House talking points, they pretty much accepted what Comey had to say at face value, almost to a person praising his service and his honesty.

Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn, an intelligence committee member, said senators were still deciding whether Sessions would be asked to testify in a classified briefing after the public hearing.

Stephanopoulos asked him directly--given that Trump accused Comey of perjury--if the Federal Bureau of Investigation should "pursue perjury charges against James Comey".

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