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US AG to testify before Senate intelligence panel

14 June, 2017, 07:11 | Author: Melody Ballard

Warren said she is looking forward to finding out more about Sessions' role in Comey's firing, although the White House suggested Sessions could invoke executive privilege during his testimony depending on "the scope of the questions".

Senator Patrick Leahy, the Senate appropriations committee's top Democrat and a member of the Senate judiciary committee, tartly reminded Sessions that both oversee his department. The matter is also being investigated by several congressional panels, including the Senate Intelligence Committee.

Sessions is skipping a separate hearing on Tuesday on the Justice Department's budget and sending his deputy for the session that will be open to the public. The Senate Intelligence Committee still wants to have a closed door meeting with the Director of National Intelligence and the head of the National Security Agency, to find out more about their conversations with President Trump on the Russian Federation investigation. But senators on the committee are expected to question Sessions about his meetings with Russians - a topic that's come under increased scrutiny amid investigations into Russia's interference in the US election.

Comey had last week said that he believed Trump asked him to end an investigation into former national security adviser Michael Flynn, which Trump has denied.

In March, Sessions recused himself from any investigations that look at Russia's actions in the 2016 campaign.

"In light of reports regarding Mr. Comey's recent testimony, it is important that I have an opportunity to address these matters in the appropriate forum", Sessions wrote.

Spicer is also refusing to say whether tapes exist of the president's conversations with FBI Director James Comey before Trump fired him. "Totally illegal? Very 'cowardly!'" Trump tweeted Sunday morning.

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Comey said Thursday that he began documenting his conversations with the president because he had a "gut feeling" Trump might lie about the nature of those meetings.

"We have to keep in mind that this is one person's record of what happened".

Schumer invited Trump to testify under oath before the Senate and he urged Trump to produce any tapes of his conversations with Comey.

"If there aren't tapes [Trump] should let that be known".

After having so much success fooling their Democratic base, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer must think all of America is just as gullible.

Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham on Sunday accused Trump of getting in the way of his own agenda.

"It's a very weird and peculiar thing for a one-on-one conversation without the attorney general, without warning, between the president and me or any United States attorney who has been asked to investigate various things and is in a position hypothetically to investigate business interests and associates of the president", said Mr. Bharara, who was sacked by the president hours after he refused to return a call from him.

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