In his testimony last week, Mr Comey accused the White House of lying about himself and the FBI and repeatedly said he believed he was sacked because of his investigation into whether Donald Trump's campaign colluded with Russian Federation to swing the U.S. presidential election.
WASHINGTON (AP) Attorney General Jeff Sessions, whose contacts with Russia's ambassador to the USA during the presidential campaign have sparked questions, agreed Saturday to appear before the Senate intelligence committee as it investigates alleged Russian meddling in the election.
In letters to the chairmen of the House and Senate Appropriations Subcommittees on Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies - with whom Sessions was originally scheduled to appear Tuesday - he wrote of the necessity to change his schedule following Comey's hearing and an invitation to appear before the Senate Intelligence Committee.
The Senate Appropriations Committee had called in the attorney general to testify about budget issues.
Sen. Jack Reed, D-R.I., said Sunday "there's a real question of the propriety" of Sessions' involvement in Comey's dismissal, because Sessions had stepped aside from the federal investigation into contacts between Russian Federation and the Trump campaign.
You might also be interested in.. Mr Comey declined to elaborate in an open setting. He did not indicate whether the committee would hear him in public or closed session.
He said Trump reached out to him again after the inauguration but he refused to call back, shortly before he was sacked. During his January confirmation hearing he failed to disclose meetings he held with Russian officials.
In a letter Saturday to Sen.
On March 1, The Washington Post reported that he met twice with the Russian ambassador, Sergey Kislyak, during the campaign. But on Saturday, after senators made clear they would zero in on Sessions's connections to Russia, Sessions shifted his plan, opting to address the Senate Intelligence Committee.
"There's a real question of the propriety of the attorney general participating in that in any way, shape or form", Reed, a member of the Senate intelligence committee, said on "Fox News Sunday".
Sessions said he learned members of those subcommittees planned to ask him questions about the investigation into Russian election meddling, and decided the Senate Intelligence Committee was a more appropriate venue to field those questions.
Comey - who Trump sacked as Federal Bureau of Investigation chief last month - told the Senate panel he had thought Sessions would recuse himself from the Russian Federation probe earlier than he did, for undisclosed reasons that are classified.
"The Senate intelligence committee is the most appropriate forum for such matters, as it has been conducting an investigation and has access to relevant, classified information", he added.