Attorney General Jeff Sessions to Testify on Tuesday

Adjust Comment Print

"There are many unanswered and troubling questions, so the attorney general needs to be forthcoming", said Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.).

Sessions, a former Republican senator from Alabama, will face tough questions from his former colleagues on a number of fronts that he has never had to publicly address in detail.

Comey said last week that the bureau had information about Sessions - before he recused himself from overseeing the investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election - that would have made it "problematic" for him to be involved in the probe. CNN reported in May that Sessions omitted any of these meetings from his SF-86.

Besides Trump's son-in-law Jared Kushner, Sessions is the highest-profile member of Trump's campaign and administration who we know met with Russians during the 2016 campaign and didn't disclose it. Sessions didn't disclose those meetings when he was asked, under oath, in his confirmation hearing. Recent news reports have said Sessions offered to resign just weeks ago, saying he needed to be given "the freedom" to do his job. During his nomination hearing in January, the former senator told the Senate Judiciary Committee that he had no contacts with Russian officials as part of the Trump campaign.

A day before Comey appeared before the Senate intelligence panel, National Security Agency Director Mike Rogers and Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats, also members of Trump's Cabinet, took the stand.

MARTIN: Jeff Sessions was supposed to be testifying this week about the Justice Department budget.

The Essential Phone will be a Sprint exclusive
Essential Products was founded by Andy Rubin, co-founder of Android, the world's most widely used operating system. The company is now the nation's No. 4 mobile carrier, ranking behind Verizon , AT&T, and T-Mobile.


Meanwhile, U.S. senators Al Franken (D-Minn.) and Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) have asked the FBI to investigate whether Sessions committed perjury when he denied having had meetings with Russians. Richard Shelby, R-Ala., Sessions said that he had been scheduled to discuss the Justice Department budget before House and Senate committees but it had become clear some members would focus their questions on the Russian Federation investigation. He cut his teeth as a federal prosecutor in Mobile, Alabama, at the height of the drug war, and numerous policies he has tried to implement as attorney general have roots in that time period. Reed was on "Fox News Sunday". In fact, his own survival as attorney general, which has recently been a subject of much debate, could hinge on his performance before the Senate Intelligence Committee. He is a good guy.

Comey said Trump "sat behind the desk and a group of us sat in a semi-circle of about six chairs facing him on the other side of the desk".

Blunt and plainspoken, Sessions, 70, went from a GOP foot soldier to prosecutor to politician and ultimately one of President Donald Trump's leading champions, sharing his hardline views on national security and immigration.

One aspect of the Comey hearing that was overwhelmed by the newsworthiness of his comments was his refusal to speak to the nature of Sessions' recusal from the Russian Federation investigation in an open hearing.

"I opposed Sessions for being Attorney General of the United States". He instead advocated for broad presidential powers to curtail immigration, an issue that drew him to candidate Trump early. Sources told CNN last week that the attorney general offered to resign after a series of heated exchanges with the President over his decision to recuse himself from the Russian Federation probe. The president has also criticized the Justice Department's failed efforts to defend his travel ban in federal court.

The difference is Sessions still works for President Donald Trump, and he has a lot more to lose.

Comments