Attorney General Sessions To Give Public Testimony On Russia Investigation

He could provide insight into the relationship between Trump campaign officials and Russian officials and the circumstances behind the firing of former F.B.I. Director James Comey.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions will testify in a public hearing tomorrow regarding the Russia investigation amid reports that he had additional contact with Russian officials that were previously not disclosed:

Attorney General Jeff Sessions will testify in an open hearing before the Senate Intelligence Committee on Tuesday, according to the committee’s leaders.

Sessions will be testifying before Congress for the first time since he was confirmed as attorney general in February. In light of former FBI director James B. Comey’s testimony last week, Sessions is expected to get questions from lawmakers about his contacts with Russian officials during the 2016 election campaign.

Comey said last week that the bureau had information about Sessions — before he recused himself from overseeing the investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election — that would have made it “problematic” for him to be involved in the probe. The former director did not elaborate in public on the nature of the information.

Justice Department spokeswoman Sarah Isgur Flores said Sessions requested that the committee hearing be public.

“He believes it is important for the American people to hear the truth directly from him and looks forward to answering the committee’s questions tomorrow,” Flores said.

The hearing will be held Tuesday at 2:30 p.m.

Sessions, who had agreed to testify this week before the Senate and House appropriations subcommittees about the Justice Department budget, wrote the chairmen of the committees Saturday and said he was sending his deputy to testify instead. He asked to testify instead before the Senate Intelligence Committee, but it had been unclear whether that hearing would be open to the public.

To accommodate schedules, the hearing will be held at the normal time that the Senate intelligence panel meets each Tuesday.

Sen. Richard Burr (R-N.C.) and Sessions negotiated details of the hearing directly, according to aides familiar with their talks. 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.

The Washington Post’s Amber Phillips keys in on why Session’s testimony could be important for Trump. In short, though, the answer is that Sessions testimony could provide insight into the relationship between Trump campaign official and Russian officials and the circumstances behind the firing of former F.B.I. Director James Comey. As with Comey’s testimony, this could make for some more interesting testimony.


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  1. pylon says:

    I wish it was the Judiciary Committee (or both). Franken is not on the Intelligence Committee.

  2. Jen says:

    Was Sessions one of the people who had to recite a “this is why President Trump is awesome” bit at the beginning of today’s cabinet meeting?

    My guess is that there will be a lot of “I don’t recalls” and “I can’t discuss that in an open hearing” -type responses. I had sort of hoped that with Trump irritated at Sessions, maybe Sessions would be honest with his former colleagues in a closed-door setting. No chance of that happening in an open forum though.

  3. CSK says:


    Indulge me in a fantasy: Sessions will walk into the committee room and say: “Why the f*ck did I ever agree to accept a job offer from this buffoon/vulgarian/charlatan? He’s a moronic crook. Ask me whatever you want.”

    Yeah, yeah, I know. I’m just hoping someone does it someday. Soon.

  4. Just 'nutha ig'nint cracker says:

    I wish I believed that AG Sessions was going to be candid and truthful in his testimony, but I just don’t. Cue the smoke and mirrors and let’s be done with this sad buffoon’s set piece.

  5. gVOR08 says:

    I can’t seem to find which lefty blogger linked to this this morning, but it’s from 2004 and perfectly encapsulates where the country’s at: Poker with Dick Cheney.

    This is the sort of **** we can expect from Sessions. He’s got a gig where he can set civil rights back a hundred years and he’s not about to jeopardize it by saying anything true or disloyal to Il Douche.

    And hopefully after today’s news someone will ask Jeffy if he’d resign if told to fire Mueller.

  6. OzarkHillbilly says:


    And hopefully after today’s news someone will ask Jeffy if he’d resign if told to fire Mueller.

    Why bother? We already got the answer to that question when he fired Comey.

  7. pylon says:

    @gVOR08: It was Lawyers, Guns and Money that linked to it.