US Attorney General Jeff Sessions will testify Tuesday before the Senate Intelligence Committee, where he will be questioned about his meetings with Russian officials during the 2016 election campaign.
Jeff Sessions, a long time senator before being appointed by US President Donald Trump to his current post, announced this decision in a letter Saturday, referring to statements made by former FBI director James Comey, who was also heard on Thursday by the Senate Intelligence Committee.
“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,” says Sessions in his letter.
This committee “is the most appropriate forum for such matters, as it has been conducting an investigation and has access to relevant, classified information,” he explains.
Mr Sessions was originally to be heard by the Senate Budget Committee on budgetary matters. But after several senators had declared that they intended to question Mr. Sessions about his possible relations with Russian officials, he decided instead to speak to the Intelligence Committee. A deputy of Mr sessions will be heard on the budget issues.
James Comey, sacked on May 9th by Trump, declared this week under oath that the president had asked him to drop a section of the investigation into possible Russian interference with General Michael Flynn, his former National security.
Mr. Trump denied that he had made such requests and added that he was ready “100%” to confirm it under oath.
Jeff Sessions, a close friend of Donald Trump, admitted meeting with the Russian Ambassador to Washington, Sergei Kisliak, twice last year. He had to recuse himself in March following reports that he did not inform the senate of the meetings during his confirmation hearing.
Russia categorically denies any interference on its part in the US presidential campaign.
Robert Mueller, a former FBI director respected both by Republicans and Democrats, was appointed as special prosecutorin mid-May to guarantee the independence of the investigation.