Mr. Sessions' testimony before the Senate Intelligence Committee, scheduled to start at 2:30 p.m., has the potential for high drama as the Russian Federation probe continues to dominate USA politics, sidelining President Trump's domestic agenda.
Attorney General Jeff Sessions is preparing for sharp questions from his former Senate colleagues about his role in the firing of James Comey, his Russian contacts during the campaign and his decision to recuse himself from an investigation into possible ties between Moscow and associates of President Donald Trump.
The high-stakes testimony also takes place amid reported friction between Sessions and Trump, who criticized the attorney general's decision to recuse himself in the Russian Federation probe.
-United States Attorney General Jeff Sessions will face questions on Tuesday about his dealings with Russian officials and whether he intentionally misled Congress as a Senate panel investigates the Kremlin's alleged involvement in the 2016 USA presidential election. Is there any way to ask about it in open session?
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.
The former Republican US senator from Alabama, one of Mr. Trump's most avid supporters on the campaign trail, will likely have to explain why he told lawmakers in January he had no dealings with Kremlin officials a year ago. The committee shortly after said the hearing would be open.
For most Americans as well as for most lawmakers, whether to believe Comey or Trump is not a close contest.
"Look, the president of the United States, as we all know, is a unitary executive", Sekulow said on ABC's "This Week".
Some members of the Intelligence Committee, frustrated by the tight-lipped performance of other administration officials last week, said they were not going to allow Sessions to follow suit.
She said Sessions should also testify before the Judiciary Committee, because it was better suited to explore legal questions of possible obstruction. "If, as the president said, I was sacked because of the Russian Federation investigation, why was the Attorney General involved in that chain?" "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".
"We want to get back to running our great country", Trump said at a White House news conference on Friday after a week that saw Washington and much of the country fixated on the damaging testimony of his fired Federal Bureau of Investigation director.
Trump is scheduled to visit a technical college in Waukesha, Wisconsin, on Tuesday, and then deliver a policy speech at the Labor Department on Wednesday.
Stephanopoulos asked him directly--given that Trump accused Comey of perjury--if the Federal Bureau of Investigation should "pursue perjury charges against James Comey".