Sessions' Testimony Will Be Open to Public

A Senate panel will grill him on his meetings with Russian officials
By Newser Editors,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 12, 2017 1:48 PM CDT
U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions speaks at the opening session of the National Law Enforcement Conference on Human Exploitation at the Sheraton Atlanta Hotel, Tuesday morning, June 6, 2017, in Atlanta.   (Bob Andres/Atlanta Journal-Constitution via AP)

(Newser) – Another day of White House drama before a Senate panel: Attorney General Jeff Sessions' testimony before the Senate Intelligence Committee on Tuesday will be open to the public, reports Politico. Sessions made the request for the open hearing himself. The attorney general is expected to be questioned over his meetings with a top Russian official prior to assuming his current post. Former FBI chief James Comey raised the stakes for Sessions during his own testimony when he said that he knew of information that would have made it "problematic" for Sessions to oversee the FBI's investigation into Russian meddling in the election.

Comey didn't elaborate on what he meant by that, at least in the public portion of his hearing. Sessions recused himself from the Russian investigation when it emerged that he had met at least twice with Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak but had failed to mention those talks in his confirmation hearing to become attorney general. In his closed-door testimony, Comey said Sessions may have met with Kislyak a third time, reports the Los Angeles Times. Sessions' hearing was set to begin at 2:30pm Eastern. (Read more Jeff Sessions stories.)

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