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Sessions to face sharp questions on Trump, Russia, Comey

Sessions' appearance comes less than a week after Comey testified before the same panel Thursday for the first time before Congress since Mr. Trump fired him as Federal Bureau of Investigation director on May 9.

And then an ally of President Donald Trump suggested the President is thinking about firing the special counsel investigating the Russian Federation issue.

1. How many times did Sessions meet with Sergey Kislyak?

Sessions said he recused himself from the Justice Department's current Russian Federation investigation only because of a regulation that required it because of his involvement in the Trump campaign.

"He was double-headed all the time, so it was very hard to distinguish", said one European diplomat who met with Sessions multiple times a year ago. He's expected to field questions about Russian efforts to influence the 2016 election, the ongoing investigation of Russian contacts with Trump campaign and administrative officials, and the dismissal of former FBI Director James Comey. He is looking to increase economic and diplomatic pressure on North Korea, with help from China, but has said he's open to meeting Kim.

"The Attorney General has requested that this hearing be public".

However, Sessions could invoke executive privilege during his testimony depending on "the scope of the questions", the White House suggested on Monday.

Testifying at a Senate hearing, Sessions said it was a "detestable and appalling lie" to suggest that he participated in or was aware of any collusion between Russian Federation and the Trump campaign.

He had not been seen in public since and Swedish diplomats, who represent American interests in North Korea because the United States has no relations with the country, had been denied access to him since then. But whether or not he was taking the recusal seriously came into question back in May, after it was discovered that he was involved in the high-profile firing of James Comey.

"Attorney General Sessions should not have had any involvement in this decision at all", Democratic Senator Al Franken of Minnesota said.

Rosenstein said Trump has not discussed the special counsel with him.

While the existing research is promising, findings remain limited - in large part because the absolutist prohibitions Sessions so adores in federal policy have made it all but impossible to conduct broad, thorough scientific research on cannabis for decades.

That's why the reports last week that Sessions offered to resign over a new, incredible strain between the two, was pretty surprising. And since Attorney General Jeff Sessions has recused himself from the investigation, Rosenstein is acting in that capacity. As Trump tried to shoo everyone out to talk alone with Comey, Sessions lingered, in Comey's account.

- Third Sessions-Russia meeting? "When you're recusing yourself, you are stepping aside, and this sure doesn't look like that", he said. During the two months of 2016 when he wasn't officially affiliated with the Trump campaign, and through his first six weeks as an official adviser, he'd met with none. Senate Democrats have been champing at the bit for more than a month now to get an answer to what exactly Sessions meant when he said he was recusing himself.

This may have been the "facts" that Mr Comey was hinting at during last week's testimony when asked about Mr Sessions.

"I believe it would be unwise for Congress to restrict the discretion of the Department to fund particular prosecutions, particularly in the midst of an historic drug epidemic and potentially long-term uptick in violent crime", Sessions wrote in a May letter to congressional leaders which was obtained Monday by marijuana legalization advocate Tom Angell.

"At the direction of the President, the Department of State has secured the release of Otto Warmbier from North Korea", Tillerson said in a statement. "But there are a host of issues that relate to his recusal, what he may of known about Mike Flynn, that sort of thing".

Schiff says that if Trump fires Mueller, Congress might name its own independent counsel to investigate the case.

All that, of course, was blown out of the water when Mr Trump told a television interviewer that he had always planned to fire Mr Comey and that the ongoing Russian Federation investigation was in his mind when he made the decision.

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein said Tuesday he's seen no basis for firing Robert Mueller, the former FBI director he appointed as special counsel to oversee an investigation into potential coordination between the Trump presidential campaign and Russian Federation. Trump has cooled on him, Congress is set to interrogate him, and a special counsel could end up making him a focus of a criminal investigation.

"We asked them relevant questions and they basically said "We don't feel like answering" and that's not going to be acceptable (with Sessions)", said Wyden. Both officials are testifying on the Hill Tuesday.

Testifying before a Senate appropriations committee on Tuesday, Rosenstein said that Mueller has his full support and could only be fired "for good cause".

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