But officials said Sessions's relationship with Trump has been strained since the attorney general recused himself from the Russian Federation probe in March. But he left the decision up to Burr, the sources said.A Justice Department spokeswoman said that Sessions requested the open setting because "he believes it is important for the American people to hear the truth directly from him."Comey told the same panel last week that the FBI had information in mid-February on Sessions that would have made it "problematic" for the attorney general to continue leading a federal probe into Russian attempts to influence the presidential election.Sessions recused himself from that inquiry in March after media reports that he had been in two previously undisclosed meetings previous year with Russian ambassador Sergei Kislyak.Tuesday's testimony, scheduled to start at 2:30 p.m. (1830 GMT), will be the first for Sessions in a congressional hearing since he became attorney general".
To return to my opening question with another rhetorical question, is it even possible to be too cynical about anything in Donald Trump's orbit?
CNN reported at the time that the Federal Bureau of Investigation denied Priebus' request, although White House press secretary Sean Spicer said at the time that the White House was simply asking the Federal Bureau of Investigation "to tell the truth" in response to reports about Trump campaign communications with Russian officials.
Whether executive privilege is invoked "depends on the scope of the questions", White House spokesman Sean Spicer told reporters Monday.
At the conclusion of a February 14 meeting, Comey testified, Trump urged everyone else but Comey to leave the Oval Office, including Sessions. While the hearing will be held in public, there has been no time scheduled - at least as of Monday morning - for Sessions to stick around and testify in a closed hearing to discuss classified matters, according to those aides, who were not authorized to speak publicly on the matter. Comey asked last week.
"If Jeff Sessions refuses to answer questions tomorrow, he's going to refuse to answer questions tomorrow", Toobin said.
People familiar with Comey's testimony in a second, closed hearing on Thursday, said the former director told the intelligence committee that Sessions may have had a third, undisclosed interaction with Russia's ambassador to the United States, Sergey Kislyak.
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The little-known Maute group has been a fierce enemy of a military with superior firepower and greater troop strength. But Herrera denied that the U.S. troops are not joining Filipino soldiers in the fighting on the ground.
Comey himself had a riveting appearance before the same Senate panel last week, with some key moments centered on Sessions.
Jeff Sessions was previously scheduled to testify before a joint appropriation subcommittee on Tuesday but he will now appear before the Intelligence Committee instead.
"If, as the president said, I was sacked because of the Russian Federation investigation, why was the attorney general involved in that chain?"
Sessions heads to Capitol Hill in a perilous position with his boss, with U.S. media reporting Trump has grown displeased with his attorney general, notably for his recusal on the Russian Federation probe. Trump has denied that he said that. The New York Times reported last week that Mr. Trump has privately complained that Mr. Sessions' decision to recuse himself had caused the investigation to end up in the hands of a special prosecutor, who has more independence from the White House.
During his confirmation hearing, Sessions said he "did not have communications with the Russians" during the campaign. "I think he's weighing that option", Chris Ruddy, chief executive of Newsmax, told the PBS News Hour, speaking of Trump.
Among the questions Durbin would like to see answered are why Sessions felt he needed to recuse himself from the Justice Department's investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 election, and what involvement he had, if any, in firing James Comey as director of the FBI. Comey alleges that Trump then privately asked him to drop a probe into former national security adviser Michael Flynn's contacts with Russian Federation.