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Sessions to appear before Senate intelligence committee

Sessions to appear before Senate intelligence committee

Attorney General Jeff Sessions has agreed to testify before the Senate Intelligence Committee on Tuesday, days after fired FBI Director James Comey's testimony left lingering questions about the FBI investigation into Russian election meddling and any ties between Russia and the Trump campaign.

Sessions, who recused himself from the Russian Federation probe in March, had been scheduled to testify before the Senate and House Appropriations Subcommittees next week.

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein will instead testify before the appropriations panels, Sessions said.

Appropriate Forum In letters Saturday to Senator Richard Shelby, Republican of Alabama, and Representative John Culberson, Republican of Texas, Sessions said he'd concluded that regardless of which committees he appeared before, the questions would inevitably focus on the Russian probe.

The committee has not announced the timing of the event, or whether Sessions will speak in an open or closed hearing.

Lankford appeared on CBS' "Face the Nation".

Comey delivered a scathing testimony Thursday at the highly anticipated Senate hearing, saying Trump sought to derail a probe into onetime national security advisor Michael Flynn.

Comey testified in closed session that Sessions may have had a third, unreported meeting with Russian Ambassador Sergei Kislyak, according to CNN sources. Trump attributed his May 9 dismissal of Comey to the Russian Federation investigation.

-Feinstein acknowledged she "would have a queasy feeling, too" if Comey's testimony was true that Loretta Lynch, as President Barack Obama's attorney general, had directed him to describe the FBI probe into Hillary Clinton's email practices as merely a "matter" and to avoid calling it an investigation.

Sessions has been dogged by questions about possible additional encounters with the ambassador, Sergey Kislyak.

He had been due to appear before the Senate and House appropriations subcommittees on Tuesday. Comey told the Senate Intelligence Committee Thursday that he couldn't discuss the "problematic" reason why the FBI believed Sessions would have to recuse himself from the investigation. "That'll come up", he said on Fox.

Trump on Sunday accused Comey of "cowardly" leaks and predicted many more from him. Trump says on Twitter, "Totally illegal?"

"We have to keep in mind that this is one person's record of what happened". Trump is moving aggressively to defend himself in the aftermath of James Comey's testimony to the Senate. "We have the former director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation under oath saying one thing, President Trump saying another", he said on CBS.

Shortly after the press conference, leaders of the House intelligence committee said they had asked the White House whether there were any such tapes.

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