Lawmakers on the appropriations committees had indicated an interest in questioning Sessions on Russian meddling in last year's presidential election rather than on the Department of Justice's budget, as was scheduled, leading to the decision, according to the letters. You can tell how little Donald Trump's lawyer trusts his client because when asked point-blank whether America could count on Trump, at the very least, not firing the special counsel investigating Russian election hacking and its potential ties to members of the Trump campaign Donald Trump's lawyer could not promise that wouldn't happen.
The announcement caps the drama that started over the weekend when Sessions canceled two appearances Tuesday, citing former Comey's blistering testimony last week.
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.
Senators had been pushing for Sessions to appear publicly to answer questions about his contacts with Russian officials during the campaign.
But intelligence committee members at first were unaware of a planned hearing. But senators on the committee are expected to question Sessions about his meetings with Russians - a topic that's come under increased scrutiny amid investigations into Russia's interference in the USA election. Comey's explanation that he wrote the memos immediately after his meetings with President Trump, but did not follow the same practice after meetings with Presidents Obama or Bush, in large measure, because of the "nature of the person" makes intuitive sense to any objective observer who has watched Trump in action as President, in the campaign or in his business career. Did Comey relate that in a closed door session?
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"Look, the president of the United States, as we all know, is a unitary executive", Sekulow said on ABC's "This Week".
What was Comey referring to last week about Sessions?
[O] n Sunday, ABC's George Stephanopoulos asked Trump attorney Jay Sekulow whether the president would pledge not to interfere or order the attorney general to fire Mueller.
"The way that it was handled, with no follow-up, with no other press, with no other return to that topic, It looks like what I called a pretty light touch" Lankford also said on "Face the Nation" in reference to the February 14 conversation. Did Sessions remember that?
She said Sessions should also testify before the Judiciary Committee, because it was better suited to explore legal questions of possible obstruction.
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.