JUST IN: Sessions will publicly testify on Russia allegations

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Attorney General Jeff Sessions is reportedly scheduled to testify in a public hearing before the Senate Intelligence Committee Tuesday afternoon.

According to the Associated Press, it was Sessions himself that requested his testimony be open to the public. This was confirmed by a Justice Department spokesperson, who explained, “He believes it is important for the American people to hear the truth directly from him and looks forward to answering the committee’s questions tomorrow.”

Fox News reported that the hearing is set to begin at 2:30 p.m. ET on Tuesday.

Sessions is expected to answer questions about his communications with Russian officials. He reportedly wrote a letter Saturday requesting an opportunity to answer the questions brought forth as a result of Comey’s testimony.

Comey had alleged in a closed session that Sessions may have had a third, as yet unreported, visit with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kisylak, during Trump’s campaign, at a reception at MayFlower Hotel in Washington. The Justice Department has denied that such a meeting occurred.

“In light of reports regarding Mr. Comey’s recent testimony … it is important that I have an opportunity to address these matters in the appropriate forum,” Sessions wrote to the Intelligence Committee.

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