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Attorney General Session next up for Capitol Hill scrutiny

Sessions late Saturday cancelled planned appearances at a pair of appropriations panels on Tuesday, and instead said he would appear before the intelligence committee.

Democratic Sen. Ron Wyden of OR, also a member of the intelligence panel, sent a letter to panel Chairman Richard Burr of North Carolina and Warner asking for the hearing to be open.

Sessions said his decision to accept the intelligence committee's invitation to appear was due in part to Comey's testimony. But he's expected to face questions about those Kislyak meetings, his recusal from the Russian Federation investigation and his involvement in Comey's firing. Schumer said. "Third, he says he was involved in the firing of Comey, and the president said Comey was sacked because of Russian Federation". Reed was on "Fox News Sunday".

Comey said during his testimony that he asked a friend to release contents of the memos he'd written about his conversations with the president to a reporter. Trump also said he would "100 percent" be willing to testify under oath that he didn't demand a pledge of personal loyalty from Comey.

In a closed session afterward, Comey said the Federal Bureau of Investigation had received unconfirmed reports that Sessions might have had a third meeting with Ambassador Sergey Kisylak during a reception for then-candidate Donald Trump at Washington's Mayflower Hotel.

Trump on Sunday accused Comey of "cowardly" leaks and predicted many more from him. While the Senate Intelligence Committee has received most of the publicity of late on the Russian Federation probe, the House Intelligence Committee has also been making noise, sending out subpoenas to some, and letters asking for cooperation to others.




Spending the weekend at his golf resort in Bedminster, New Jersey, Trump followed the Comey tweet with a second aimed at Democrats: "The Democrats have no message, not on economics, not on taxes, not on jobs, not on failing #Obamacare".

"The American people also deserve to hear the attorney general's answers to these questions, as well as others related to his meetings with the Russians and his failure to disclose those meetings to the Senate Judiciary Committee", Wyden wrote Sunday in a letter to intelligence panel leaders. Comey said he couldn't discuss it publicly. "Totally illegal?" Trump said in a tweet. Preet Bharara told ABC's "This Week" that Trump was trying to "cultivate some kind of relationship" with him when he called him twice before the inauguration to "shoot the breeze".

Trump reached out again as president, but Bharara says he refused to return the call, because he considered these contacts inappropriate.

Fellow Republicans are pressing President Donald Trump to come clean about whether he has tapes of private conversations with former FBI Director James Comey. His testimony referred to Sessions' role in those interactions and differed to previous claims made by Trump.

In March, Mr Sessions removed himself from any inquiry into alleged Russian interference in the elections, but maintained he did nothing wrong by failing to disclose that he met a year ago with Russia's ambassador.

Sessions has been dogged by questions about possible additional encounters with the ambassador.

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