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Sessions to appear before Senate intelligence committee


Sessions, among the earliest high-profile backers of Trump's election campaign, appears before his former colleagues on Tuesday, days after explosive testimony by ousted Federal Bureau of Investigation director James Comey, whose removal he recommended.

Comey, in his highly anticipated testimony about his firing by President Donald Trump, seemed to suggest the attorney general had an undisclosed Russian Federation problem.

On March 1, The Washington Post reported that he met twice with the Russian ambassador, Sergey Kislyak, during the campaign.

"In light of reports regarding Mr. Comey's recent testimony", the attorney general wrote in a letter Sen.

Sessions was scheduled to appear before the House and Senate appropriations subcommittees that day, but said in the letter that some members had publicly stated their intentions to question him about issues related to the Russian Federation investigation.

Sessions on Saturday said he would appear before the intelligence committee, which has been doing its own investigation into Russian contacts with the Trump campaign. But he wrote to Congress Saturday that he wanted to speak before the Senate Intelligence Committee instead to address questions that arose during Comey's testimony last week.

Mr Sessions recused himself in March from a federal investigation into contacts between Russia and the presidential campaign of Donald Trump after acknowledging that he had met twice past year with the Russian ambassador to the United States.

-Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer of NY said he would take Trump up on his offer to testify under oath about his conversations with Comey, inviting the president to testify before the Senate.

Former FBI Director James Comey raised additional questions at a hearing on Thursday, saying that the FBI expected Sessions to recuse himself weeks before he actually did.

Briefing congressional appropriators on the Justice Department's budget is a critical part of the attorney general's job.

"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.

Sessions said he would send Rod J. Rosenstein, the deputy attorney general, to testify about the department's budget. WYDEN: How would you characterize Attorney General Sessions's adherence to his recusal?

Two leading Senate Democrats, Dianne Feinstein of California and Patrick Leahy of Vermont, called on Sessions to appear - in public - before the Judiciary Committee, which has oversight responsibility for the Department of Justice. COMEY: That's a question I can't answer.

If, as the president said, I was sacked because of the Russian Federation investigation, why was the attorney general involved in that chain? Feinstein said the Judiciary Committee should investigate.

Lankford appeared on CBS' "Face the Nation".

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

Reed spoke on "Fox News Sunday".

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