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Sessions to appear before Senate intelligence committee

Sessions to appear before Senate intelligence committee

Attorney General Jeff Sessions has accepted an invitation to appear before the Senate Intelligence Committee Tuesday.

The Justice Department has said that while Sessions was there, for a speech by Trump, there were no meetings or private encounters.

It later came out in closed session questioning that Sessions had yet another meeting with Russian ambassador to the USA and purported spymaster Sergey Kislyak.

Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein of California, a member of the Intelligence committee, sent a letter to Sen.

In a letter on Saturday to Senator Richard Shelby Mr Sessions said that he had been scheduled to discuss the Justice Department budget before House and Senate Appropriations sub-committees but that it had become clear some members would focus their questions on the Russian Federation investigation.

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.

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. The Senate Intelligence Committee is the most appropriate forum for such matters, as it has been conducting an investigation and has access to relevant, classified information.

Sessions recused or removed himself from the DOJ investigation during the early days of the Trump administration, because he was one of the campaign officials who had met with Russia's ambassador to the United States before the election.

Comey said during his testimony that he asked a friend to release contents of the memos he'd written about his conversations with the president to a reporter.

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. The Justice Department has denied that, saying Sessions stressed to Comey the need to be careful about following appropriate policies. During his confirmation hearing, Sessions testified under oath that he had no meetings with Russian officials during the campaign.

Trump is again challenging Comey after the ousted Federal Bureau of Investigation director's testimony before the Senate Intelligence committee last week.

Senate Democratic leader Charles Schumer of NY said on CBS' Face the Nation 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. WYDEN: How would you characterize Attorney General Sessions's adherence to his recusal?

Feinstein said she did not necessarily believe Trump was unfit for office, as House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi has asserted, but said he has a "destabilizing effect" on government. Feinstein said the Judiciary Committee should investigate. Reed was on "Fox News Sunday".