AG Jeff Sessions testifies before Senate Intelligence Committee

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When Attorney General Jeff Sessions testifies before the Senate Intelligence Committee Tuesday, it will be in a hearing that's open to the public.

That remark came after revelations emerged that Sessions had met with Russia's ambassador to the US last year, despite testifying under oath during a confirmation hearing that he "did not have communications with the Russians".

New questions about Sessions were raised last week, after former FBI Director James Comey said that he and other leaders at the agency had expected Sessions to recuse himself weeks before he did - and that the reasons behind that thinking are classified.

Remember, Sessions said only a little over a month ago he shouldn't be involved in the Russian Federation investigation. Back on January 10, Sessions said, "I did not have communications with the Russians" - but the story wasn't so simple.

Mr. Sessions' testimony before the Senate Intelligence Committee, scheduled to start at 2:30 p.m., has the potential for high drama as the Russian Federation probe continues to dominate USA politics, sidelining President Trump's domestic agenda.

But intelligence committee members at first were unaware of a planned hearing.

The hearing will bring contentious questioning for Sessions and likely some uncomfortable moments for the Trump administration. Is there any way to ask about it in open session? Memos that he had written in the course of his official government duties about privileged conversations with the President. "To get into a hypothetical at this point would be premature".

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Where it goes from there we don't know yet. Comey wrote that Sessions did not reply to his request.

The former Republican US senator from Alabama, one of Mr. Trump's most avid supporters on the campaign trail, will likely have to explain why he told lawmakers in January he had no dealings with Kremlin officials past year. "Sessions actually offered to resign, even though his friends say he doesn't want to leave, but Trump has refused to accept that resignation".

The former Federal Bureau of Investigation director also testified that he and the agency had believed Sessions was "inevitably going to recuse" for reasons he said he could not elaborate on. "If, as the president said, I was sacked because of the Russian Federation investigation, why was the Attorney General involved in that chain?" Susan Collins, R-Maine, a member of the intelligence committee, referring to the existence of any recordings. "We've obviously pressed the White House", he said.

Spicer, the spokesman, declined to say then that Sessions enjoyed Trump's confidence, though spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders said later in the week that the president had confidence "in all of his Cabinet".

To turn to jobs and apprenticeships in particular, Trump is visiting a technical college in Waukesha, Wisconsin, on Tuesday, delivering a policy speech at the Labor Department on Wednesday and meeting with eight governors at the White House on Thursday.

Did he do anything after being asked by Comey?