Sessions to testify before Senate Intelligence Committee

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Attorney General Jeff Sessions has agreed to appear before the Senate Intelligence Committee on June 13 regarding the continuing probe into alleged Russian meddling in the presidential election.

Sessions sent letters to the chairmen of the House and Senate Appropriations Subcommittees on Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies on Saturday in which he explained that Thursday’s testimony from former FBI Director James Comey influenced his decision.

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

Previously scheduled to discuss the Justice Department budget before a Senate panel, Sessions noted that the Russian investigation would now become the focus of questioning.

The attorney general had recused himself from a federal investigation regarding Russian meddling and the Trump campaign after acknowledging that he had met with the Russian ambassador to the U.S. twice last year, despite the fact during his confirmation hearing, he said that he had not met with Russians during the campaign.

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