US attorney general next in scandal’s spotlight

US attorney general next in scandal’s spotlight

WASHINGTON (AP) — Attorney General Jeff Sessions, whose contacts with Russia’s ambassador to the USA during the presidential campaign have sparked questions, agreed Saturday to appear before the Senate intelligence committee as it investigates alleged Russian meddling in the election. On Saturday, he abruptly canceled.

The letter did not say whether Sessions planned to give public testimony on Tuesday or to appear before the panel behind closed doors.

In his testimony on Thursday, Comey accused President Donald Trump of firing him to try to undermine the FBI’s investigation of possible collusion by people in Trump’s campaign with Russia’s alleged efforts to influence the 2016 presidential election.

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.

Comey’s testimony raised questions about Sessions’ engagements with Russian Federation and his involvement in Comey’s firing despite Sessions’ recusal from the Russian Federation investigation, which Comey was leading. “My sense was the attorney general knew he shouldn’t be leaving”, Comey added.

Though contact between the White House and the FBI has always been routed through the attorney general or deputy attorney general, Sessions recused himself from overseeing the FBI investigation into Russia’s interference with last year’s election after failing to disclose meetings with Kislyak during his January confirmation hearing. COMEY: Our judgment, as I recall, is that he was very close to and inevitably going to recuse himself for a variety of reasons. “We also were aware of facts that I can’t discuss in an open setting that would make his continued engagement in a Russia-related investigation problematic”, Comey said. Sessions, whose contacts with Russia’s ambassador to the US during the presidential campaign has sparked questions, agreed Saturday, June 10, to appear before the Senate intelligence committee as it investigates alleged Russian meddling in the election. But: “I think there’s absolutely evidence to begin a case”.

The attorney general cited his involvement in Trump’s campaign for stepping away from the Russian Federation investigation in March.

Reed said he also wants to know if Sessions had more meetings with Russian officials as a Trump campaign adviser than have been disclosed. He later admitted to two meetings.

In a letter seen by Reuters, Mr. Sessions told Senator Richard Shelby, chairman of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, Science and Related Agencies, that the intelligence committee is the “most appropriate” place to address matters that came up during Mr. Comey’s hearing on Thursday.