US Attorney General Jeff Sessions has confirmed that he will appear before the Senate Intelligence Committee next week to testify over his dealings with Russian officials, the media reported.
Attorney General Jeff Sessions has announced he will appear before the Senate intelligence committee rather than House and Senate appropriations subcommittees on Tuesday, saying Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein will testify on the latter panels in his place.
In a letter sent to both the Republican and Democratic leaders of the Senate Intelligence Committee, Sen.
"Some members have publicly stated their intention to focus their questions on issues related to the investigation into Russian interference into Russian interference in the 2016 election, " his letter said.
Sessions removed himself from involvement any probe into alleged Russian meddling in the elections in March, but maintained he did nothing wrong by failing to disclose that he met previous year with Russia's ambassador.
Kamala Harris, D-Calif., asked Comey a series of questions about Sessions' involvement in the Russian Federation investigation during the two weeks between Trump expressing his "hope" that Comey could let go of the probe into former national security adviser Michael Flynn and Sessions' recusal from inquiries related to the election.
The letter did not say whether Sessions planned to give public testimony or to appear before the panel behind closed doors. Mr Comey declined to elaborate in an open setting.
"Our judgment, as I recall, is that [Sessions] was very close to and inevitably going to recuse himself for a variety of reasons".
He had told politicians at his January confirmation hearing that he had not met with Russians during the campaign.
Lawmakers, including Al Franken of Minnesota and Patrick Leahy of Vermont, have asked the FBI to investigate and to determine if Sessions committed perjury when he denied having had meetings with Russians. The Washington Post and USA Today report that Sessions' appearance is expected to be closed.
Questions about Sessions resurfaced last week following Comey's testimony about his conversations and meetings with President Trump before Comey was abruptly dismissed as director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, a stunning development that reverberated through political circles in the nation's capital.
Members of the intelligence committee are in the middle of an investigation and have "access to relevant, classified information", Sessions said.
Although Sessions, a genteel 70-year-old from the southern state of Alabama who served 20 years in the Senate, backed Trump's campaign, he was also one of the first administration officials to fly into turbulence.
Lankford said Sessions' testimony Tuesday will help flesh out the truth of Comey's allegations, including Sessions' presence at the White House in February when Trump asked to speak to Comey alone.