What to Expect? AG Sessions Appears Before Senate Committee

Attorney General Jeff Sessions is testifying Tuesday morning before the Senate Intelligence Committee.

As part of its ongoing probe into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election, Sessions will address some lines of inquiry regarding the Russia investigation and his time as attorney general.

Here is what Sessions is expected to emphasize:

  • Sessions is expected to claim there was no meeting with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak at the Mayflower Hotel during an April 2016 Trump campaign event.
  • He is expected to tell the committee he did not commit perjury when he denied having had any communications with Russians during the presidential campaign last year.
  • Sessions will also likely speak to the process of filling out his SF-86 security clearance form in 2016 — specifically, the advice he received from FBI personnel that he didn’t need to include all of the meetings he had with foreign officials as a sitting Senator.

Here is what Sessions likely won’t address:

  • Sessions is not expected to answer questions about specific conversations with President Trump.
  • Sessions will likely claim executive privilege with any Russian collusion questioning.

Sessions’ appearance before the Senate intelligence committee comes a week after former FBI Director James Comey told lawmakers the bureau had expected Sessions to recuse himself from the investigation into contacts between Trump campaign associates and Russia, weeks before he formally did so.

Sessions stepped aside from the investigation in early March after acknowledging he had spoken twice with the Russian ambassador to the United States in the months before the election.

He said under oath at his January confirmation hearing that he had not met with Russians during the campaign.

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