Democrat to grill US Attorney General Sessions on Comey firing

Rep. Adam Schiff, ranking Democrat on that committee, tells Rolling Stone that despite his promise to step aside from the investigation, Nunes recently issued subpoenas relating to the Russian Federation investigation. Officials said that Sessions at one point offered to resign as his relationship with the president became increasingly tense. Democracy shouldn't take place behind closed doors.

Trump has held several campaign rallies since becoming president, including events in Kentucky and Tennessee.

Under current Justice Department regulations, such a firing would have to be done by Attorney General Jeff Sessions' deputy, Rod Rosenstein, not the president- though those regulations could theoretically be set aside.

WASHINGTON — Attorney General Jeff Sessions steps back into a familiar arena Tuesday when he testifies before the Senate intelligence committee about his role in the firing of FBI Director James Comey and the investigation into contacts between Trump campaign associates and Russian Federation.

Spicer also declined to say whether Trump agrees with Sessions' decision to testify. "So I'm inviting him to come testify, and we could work that out", Schumer said on CBS. Trump alluded to the existence of tapes again on Friday, but wouldn't say definitively whether recordings of his conversations with Comey exist. Comey alleges that Trump then privately asked him to drop a probe into former national security adviser Michael Flynn's contacts with Russian Federation.

Jeff Sessions requested that his testimony before the Senate Intelligence Committee be open to the public, according to the Associated Press.

A Justice Department spokeswoman said Monday morning that Sessions believes "It is important for the American people to hear the truth directly from him".

The Justice Department says Sessions looks forward to answering the committee's questions.

Senators had been pushing for Sessions to appear publicly to answer questions about his contacts with Russian officials during the campaign.

Sessions removed himself from involvement any probe into alleged Russian meddling in the elections in March, but maintained he did nothing wrong by failing to disclose that he met a year ago with Russia's ambassador. He had told lawmakers at his January confirmation hearing that he had not met with Russians during the campaign. Comey testified that in consultation with his leadership team, he determined not to share the details of Trump's efforts to get him to drop the FBI investigation of former national security adviser Michael Flynn with Sessions, because the attorney general "was very close to and inevitably going to recuse himself for a variety of reasons". Democratic Senator Dianne Feinstein, D-California, said that request made her "queasy". Comey also complained, Rachel, that Sessions was not responding appropriately to his complaints that the president was leaning on the Federal Bureau of Investigation director.

In March, Sessions recused himself from any investigations into Russia's actions in the 2016 campaign. That investigation continues, as do congressional inquiries.

On Thursday it was painfully clear from the testimony of fired FBI Director James Comey that Trump needs a lot of help from someone who knows how a president should behave.

What channel: CSPAN, CNN, MSNBC and Fox News will be broadcasting the hearing live. "I believe we owe the American people transparency".

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