On Saturday, Sessions said he would appear before the Senate intelligence committee on Tuesday in order to answer questions about fired Federal Bureau of Investigation director James Comey (it's not clear whether this will be conducted in public), but Sen. Richard Shelby, R-Ala., Sessions said that he had been scheduled to discuss the Justice Department budget before House and Senate Appropriations subcommittees but that it had become clear some members would focus their questions on the Russian Federation investigation.
In a letter to Senate Intel Cmte heads Burr and Warner, cmte member Ron Wyden says he wants to hear from AG Sessions in a *public* hearing.
"There's a real question of the propriety of the attorney general participating in that in any way, shape or form", Reed, a member of the Senate intelligence committee, said on "Fox News Sunday".
She said Sessions should also testify before the Judiciary Committee, because it was better suited to explore legal questions of possible obstruction.
Reed said he was concerned that Sessions had recommended Comey be fired even after he had recused himself from Russia-related matters.
The New York City federal prosecutor who expected to remain on the job when Trump took office but ended up being fired said he was made uncomfortable by one-on-one interactions with the president - just like Comey was. Republican Senator James Lankford, a member of the intelligence panel, said on CBS' "Face the Nation" that decision had not been finalised, but, "I assume that this will be public". As mentioned above, since Attorney General Sessions is not testifying at hearings on the Justice Department budget, he'll be replaced by the Deputy Attorney General, Rod Rosenstein - who appointed Robert Mueller as Special Counsel for the Russian Federation probe.
Reed said Sessions would be asked about any undeclared meetings he might have had with Russians.
Sessions stepped aside in March from the federal investigation into contacts between Russia and the campaign after acknowledging that had met twice previous year with the Russian ambassador to the U.S. He had told lawmakers at his January confirmation hearing that he had not met with Russians during the campaign.
Sessions is under scrutiny for his contacts with Russia's ambassador to the US during the presidential campaign.
Leahy took to Twitter on Saturday night and Sunday morning to inform Sessions that he can't run forever. "Totally illegal?" he asked in a tweet. "The only two people who know what happened in those meetings are the president and James Comey", Republican National Committee Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel told Fox.
"You need to testify before both in public".
Schumer invited Trump to testify under oath before the Senate. "No more game playing", Schumer said. Comey welcomed any tapes during his hearing, and congressional investigators have asked the White House to produce them if they exist. Pressed on the issue Friday, Trump said "I'll tell you about that maybe sometime in the very near future".
Republican Senator Lindsey Graham on Sunday accused Trump of getting in the way of his own agenda.
"Mr. President, let's don't make a circus out of your presidency".