Sessions wants his testimony open to public

On top of his possible closed-door meetings with Russian officials, Sessions will also be questioned on why Comey was sacked.

Comey said Trump told Sessions and other administration officials to leave the room before Trump asked him in February to drop a probe into former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn's contacts with Russian Federation. Did Sessions suspect that Trump was trying to interfere in the FBI's various investigations of Flynn and Russian meddling? He also urged Trump to produce any tapes of his conversations with Comey.

It is not the first time DOJ has had to correct or contradict Mr. Comey.

The former Federal Bureau of Investigation director's testimony provoked scorn over the weekend from his former boss, who dismissed him as a coward. He had told lawmakers at his January confirmation hearing that he had not met with Russians during the campaign.

Despite the report, White House principal deputy press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Thursday in response to a question from a reporter that Trump "absolutely" has confidence in Sessions. "More than 20 million people watched Comey's testimony last week, and they should not be blocked from participating in democracy this week".

"I don't understand why the president just doesn't clear this matter up once and for all", said Collins, referring to the existence of any recordings. "'He is a good guy".

Trump supporters have insisted that the president did nothing wrong, since there is nothing wrong with expressing "hope". But Comey testified last week that he thinks the Russian Federation probe was the driving force.

The attorney general is also expected to push back on the notion that he committed perjury when he denied having had any communications with Russians during the presidential campaign past year, the source said.

"The attorney general has requested that this hearing be public".

The attorney general testified under oath that he "did not have communications with the Russians" during the campaign.

But Sessions is also a liar, and like my grandfather once told me, never trust anyone who openly protests against marijuana. "He did not reply". Democratic Senator Ron Wyden, an intelligence committee member, asked the panel's leaders in a letter on Sunday to hold an open hearing. Typically, Senate Intelligence hearings on this topic have lasted about three hours.

White House adviser Kellyanne Conway says testimony from former FBI Director James Comey "reflected very poorly on members of the Obama administration as well". That offer appears to stand, though the timing remains "to be determined". "Democracy shouldn't take place behind closed doors". "To the extent that the Comey firing had something to do with the investigation, I think that's an area we need to explore".

Trump-Comey row: What questions remain after testimony?

Comey described the Oval Office meeting, before his one-on-one with Trump, as "a scheduled counterterrorism briefing". He said there were "quite a few others in the room, sitting behind us on couches and chairs".

"You simply have to help the president do things that he might desire in a lawful way and have to be able to say no, both for the country, for the legal system and for the president, to avoid situations that are not acceptable."

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