Published: Wed, June 14, 2017
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Trump proposal aims at another way of getting people to work

Sessions, whose contacts with Russia's ambassador to the USA during the presidential campaign has sparked questions, agreed Saturday, June 10, to appear before the Senate intelligence committee as it investigates alleged Russian meddling in the election.

Comey also told senators that Sessions is vulnerable in the Russia probe because he may have a third, previously undisclosed meeting with Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak, a key figure in the investigation; Sessions disclosed only two contacts with Kislyak during his confirmation process, the reason the attorney general later gave for recusing from the investigation. While Comey did not run to tell Sessions of his concerns over what the President supposedly said about the investigation of Michael Flynn, Comey did say he asked Sessions to shield him from Mr. Trump, anxious by the President's phone calls and questions.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions' testimony to the Senate Intelligence committee Tuesday will be open to the public.

The fired Federal Bureau of Investigation chief has no reason to be anxious, say legal experts, yet Republicans have targeted Comey with legal threats after he revealed in his testimony that he shared his own unclassified Federal Bureau of Investigation memos with a reporter through a friend and professor at Columbia Law School. He said he didn't have an answer. Comey alleges that Trump then privately asked him to drop a probe into former national security adviser Michael Flynn's contacts with Russian Federation.

The Justice Department ultimately agreed to a Tuesday public hearing in an attempt to show there's nothing to hide and nothing controversial about Sessions' interactions with Russian officials, officials said. The committee shortly after said the hearing would be open. "When a current or former government employee wants to cooperate and turn over the requested information, the privilege itself won't - and can't - stop him or her", wrote Stephen Vladeck, a law professor at the University of Texas School of Law, where he specializes in national security law, Monday, June 12.

"Look, the president of the United States, as we all know, is a unitary executive", Sekulow said on ABC's "This Week". Susan Collins, R-Maine, a member of the intelligence committee, referring to the existence of any recordings.

When Stephanopoulos asked if Trump would fire special counsel Robert Mueller, Sekulow said he wouldn't speculate on what the president will do. Did Comey relate that in a closed door session?

The former Federal Bureau of Investigation director also testified that he and the agency had believed Sessions was "inevitably going to recuse" for reasons he said he could not elaborate on.

"We will leave it to the appropriate authorities to determine whether these leaks should be investigated", he said.

Spicer, the spokesman, declined to say then that Sessions enjoyed Trump's confidence, though spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders said later in the week that the president had confidence "in all of his Cabinet".

Senate Democrats have raised the possibility that Sessions and Kislyak could have met there, though Justice Department officials say there were no private encounters or side meetings.

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.

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