First, Democrats will grill him on Comey’s revelations – for instance, his claim that Sessions appeared to recognize the inappropriateness of Trump’s request to meet the Federal Bureau of Investigation director alone on February 14.
“The Justice Department has already contradicted Comey on several key points, laying the stage for some tense exchanges on Tuesday – and signaling that Sessions has a different story to tell from Comey’s”.
Asked if he thinks Sessions will answer these questions, Reed said, “I don’t know frankly”. Is that true – if so why didn’t he act?
Sessions is the first of six high-level officials Comey said were asked to leave the room.
What was your role in Comey’s firing?
During his own testimony last week, Comey said that he understood Trump’s request “to be a directive”.
As for the timing of Sessions’ recusal, Comey said the FBI expected the attorney general to take himself out of the matters under investigation weeks before he actually did.
Why did you recuse yourself from the Russian Federation investigation – and what was Comey alluding to when he said there were facts that “would make [your] continued engagement in a Russia-related investigation problematic?”
A lot of questions for Sessions cropped up after Comey’s testimony last week.
Is there any reason to doubt Comey’s testimony and his contemporaneous notes? The White House has denied any collusion with Moscow.
In this June 13, 2012, file photo, then-FBI Director Robert Mueller listens as he testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington.
He said Trump reached out to him again after the inauguration but he refused to call back, shortly before he was sacked.
There is a great deal we don’t know about the potential Trump campaign contacts with Russian officials, such as who may have directed them and who, if anyone, knew of Putin’s intentions to interfere with the electoral outcome. During that time, how many one-on-one conversations did you have with any of those presidents? After his top two Justice Department officials resigned rather than carry out Nixon’s order to oust the special prosecutor, Solicitor General Robert Bork, who became acting attorney general, did fire Cox in October 1973 in what is referred to as the “Saturday Night Massacre”.
The Feb. 14 meeting is critical to allegations from Trump’s detractors that the president obstructed justice when he told Comey, according to Comey’s version, “I hope you can see your way clear to letting this go, to letting Flynn go”.
Until the panel chairman’s statement on Monday, it had been unclear whether Sessions would testify in an open or closed setting.
Comey thrust Sessions back into the spotlight of the roiling Russian Federation controversy with his incendiary appearance before the Senate Intelligence Committee last week – the same panel that will interrogate the attorney general. He said under oath at his January confirmation hearing that he had not met with Russians during the campaign. Does Sessions have a different recollection of what had been discussed?
White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders said last week she wasn’t aware of whether the White House had any kind of taping system and suggested reporters check with the Secret Service on any security-related questions. Republicans have pressed Trump to say whether he has tapes of private conversations with Comey and provide them to Congress if he does – or possibly face a subpoena.
Comey’s dramatic testimony drew invective from his former boss on Twitter, with Trump dismissing him as a leaker on Friday and a coward on Sunday.