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13 June 2017, 11:01 | Conrad Doyle
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Attorney General Jeff Sessions will testify in an open hearing before the Senate Intelligence Committee on Tuesday, according to the committee's leaders.
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".
To return to my opening question with another rhetorical question, is it even possible to be too cynical about anything in Donald Trump's orbit?
In his testimony, Comey said he had asked Sessions not to leave him alone with Trump following meetings where he said Trump had asked Comey for his loyalty.
On Monday, the White House did not rule out the possibility of Sessions invoking executive privilege at some point during his testimony.
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.
The former Federal Bureau of Investigation director said he contacted Sessions after a meeting with Trump in the Oval Office where Sessions and Jared Kushner, Trump's son-in-law and senior adviser, were asked to leave and Comey was alone with the president.
When it was first scheduled, the hearing was part of the annual budget appropriations process.
"I don't think it's for me to say whether the conversation I had with the president was an effort to obstruct", Comey testified.
But Sessions, who recommended in a signed memo that Comey be fired, may end up claiming executive privilege as a means of limiting the breadth of his testimony. 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. The request came, according to Comey, after a February 14 Oval Office meeting in which Comey alleges the president asked everyone, including Sessions to leave the room.
Reacting to news that Attorney General Jeff Sessions wants his testimony before the Senate intelligence committee to be open, White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer said the president wants "this to get investigated as soon as possible". A little more than two months later, however, the Attorney-General signed a letter recommending Mr. Trump fire Mr. Comey, a sacking the President acknowledged had to do with the Russian Federation investigation.
The Justice Department ultimately agreed to a Tuesday public hearing in an attempt to show there's nothing to hide and nothing controversial about Sessions' interactions with Russian officials, officials said.
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.
With this being the first time Sessions has testified in Congress since recusing himself from the investigation, there could be a lot to learn. He had told lawmakers at his January confirmation hearing that he had not met with Russians during the campaign.
Comey described the Oval Office meeting, before his one-on-one with Trump, as "a scheduled counterterrorism briefing".
"I don't understand why the president just doesn't clear this matter up once and for all", said Sen.
LawNewz.com has reached out to Department of Justice for comment, but they have not immediately responded. He will also likely be asked if he knows of any ties between anyone in Trump's campaign who may have coordinated with the Russians, and if there is any suggestion of obstruction of justice by the president following the firing of national security adviser Michael Flynn.
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