WATCH: Jeff Sessions Testifies Before the Senate Intelligence Committee LIVE STREAM
Attorney General Jeff Sessions will speak before the Senate Intelligence Committee today, where he is expected to give his latest testimony about the investigations about Russia’s efforts to meddle with the 2016 election.
Things are expected to begin at 2:00 EST
Sessions was supposed to go before the House and Senate Appropriations subcommittees this week, though Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein is filling in for his boss today. Instead, Sessions will appear for an open hearing where he will react to the recent statements from FBI director James Comey.
Sessions previously recused himself from the Justice Department’s investigations on Russia after it was discovered that he met with Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak on at least two occasions last year. Sessions was acting as a surrogate for President Trump‘s campaign at the time, yet Sessions did not disclose either of these meetings during his confirmation hearings to become Attorney General.
Comey brought Sessions’s meetings back into the spotlight last week when he told the Senate that there were even more meetings between Sessions and Kislyak. This news comes amid reports that Comey asked Sessions not to leave him alone with Trump, and other reports that Trump is furious with Sessions over his recusal.
Critics have been upset with Sessions due to the possibility that he violated his recusal after the Justice Department sent Trump a memo with a recommendation about firing Comey. It is also possible that Sessions is likely to face questions about this, and also about how Trump signaled that the Russia investigation was a motivating factor in his decision to relieve Comey of duty.
When Sessions announced he would appear for today’s hearing, he suggested that he would use his testimony to answer questions on these matters. It is possible that Sessions will also dispute what Comey said during last week’s meeting.
“In light of reports regarding Mr. Comey’s recent testimony before the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, it is important that I have an opportunity to address these matters in the appropriate forum. The Senate Intelligence Committee is the most appropriate forum for such matters, as it has been conducting an investigation and has access to relevant, classified information.”
Watch above, via NBC.
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