Published: Mon, June 19, 2017
Culture | By Julio Duncan

Sessions next to testify

Sessions next to testify

Fellow Republicans pressed President Donald Trump on Sunday to come clean about whether he has tapes of private conversations with former FBI Director James Comey and provide them to Congress if he does - or possibly face a subpoena - as a Senate investigation into collusion with Russian Federation or obstruction of justice extended to a Trump Cabinet member.

Two sources familiar with what Comey said in the closed door gatherings told NBC News about the confirmation.

The committee "is the most appropriate forum for such matters, as it has been conducting an investigation and has access to relevant, classified information", he added in the letter.

In letters Saturday to Senator Richard Shelby, Republican of Alabama, and Representative John Culberson, Republican of Texas, Sessions said he'd concluded that regardless of which committees he appeared before, the questions would inevitably focus on the Russian probe. He said in the letter he will send a deputy to that hearing and instead appear before the intelligence committee.

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.

Questions have arisen about Sessions' own involvement in the Trump campaign and his meetings with Sergey Kislyak, the Russian ambassador to the US.

"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", Sessions wrote.

Sessions said he wanted to appear before the panel to address questions about him that arose last week during former FBI Director James Comey's testimony.

"I don't understand why the president just doesn't clear this matter up once and for all", said Sen.

"The Department of Justice appointed special counsel to assume responsibility for this matter", said department spokesperson Sarah Isgur Flores, referring to the appointment of former FBI Director Robert Mueller to oversee the department's Russian Federation probe.

Attorney-General Jeff Sessions told Congress Saturday (June 10) that he would testify before the Senate Intelligence Committee on Tuesday about issues related to Russia's interference in the 2016 election. "The Washington Post and USA Today report that Sessions' appearance is expected to be closed".

Trump's aides have dodged questions about whether conversations relevant to the Russian Federation investigation have been recorded, and so has the president. Burr was an vocal supporter of Trump's candidacy and an official adviser to the campaign.

On Comey's accusations that Trump pressed him to drop the FBI investigation of Flynn, Bharara said "no one knows right now whether there is a provable case of obstruction" of justice.

With Sessions already under fire for failing to disclose the two meetings with Russians, CNN reported last week that investigators were looking into a possible third Sessions meeting with Kislyak, on the sidelines of an April 27, 2016 campaign event in Washington.

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