Attorney General Jeff Sessions to testify in public on Tuesday

President Trump addressed a joint session of Congress for the first time on February 28th 2017

Ousted FBI Director James Comey's testimony last week heavily implicated Session in multiple matters related to the Russian Federation investigation and called into question how thorough his recusal has been from matters relating to the 2016 presidential campaign.

Sessions, a key campaign adviser to Donald Trump and the first senator to endorse him, stepped aside from the investigation in early March after acknowledging he had spoken twice in the months before the election with the Russian ambassador to the United States.

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

The abrupt schedule change follows blockbuster testimony last week from former FBI Director James B. Comey.

Briefing congressional appropriators on the Justice Department's budget is a critical part of the attorney general's job. He did so after it emerged that he had met the Russian ambassador at least twice previous year, though he had testified at his confirmation hearing that he had not had contact with Russians. But the former Central Intelligence Agency director John Brennan recently told Congress that his "radar" went off anytime Russians met with the Trump campaign because he knew the Russians were trying to influence the election, and he knew they often did that by trying to recruit "either wittingly or unwittingly" US officials to help.

Members of the committee are likely to ask Sessions about a possible third undisclosed meeting that is now under investigation, according to media reports.

He said Trump reached out to him again after the inauguration but he refused to call back, shortly before he was sacked. Reed was on "Fox News Sunday". In addition to Sessions' possible testimony, the question remains whether or not Trump taped his conversations with Comey.

The White House is hoping this week to drive a message focused on his agenda.




Democratic Sen. Ron Wyden of OR, also a member of the intelligence panel, sent a letter to panel Chairman Richard Burr of North Carolina and Warner asking for the hearing to be open. "You can't run forever", Leahy said in a Twitter message to Sessions.

That's why it's a big deal he'll testify Tuesday to the Senate Intelligence Committee, the main committee in Congress investigating Russian meddling in the election and potential Trump meddling in the fallout.

Trump on Sunday accused Comey of "cowardly" leaks and predicted many more from him.

A Sessions spokeswoman said she did not know if it would be public.

Trump's aides have dodged questions about whether conversations relevant to the Russian Federation investigation have been recorded, and so has the president.

A day after The Washington Post reported that, Sessions recused himself from the Russian Federation investigation. As with little Alexander in one of the greatest children's books of all time, nothing's been going right for Donald Trump's attorney general.

"Public needs to know more about Sessions' Russia contacts & his role in Comey's firing", tweeted Sen.

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