Sessions’ Tuesday testimony will be public
Attorney General Jeff Sessions will testify publicly Tuesday before the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, where lawmakers are eager to ask him about his interactions with Russian officials and his recusal from the probe of Moscow’s interference in the 2016 election.
Justice Department spokeswoman Sarah Isgur Flores said Monday that Mr. Sessions requested the hearing be an open format because “he believes it is important for the American people to hear the truth directly from him.”
When Mr. Sessions announced his intention to appear before the committee in a letter to lawmakers over the weekend it was unclear whether the hearing would be conducted behind closed doors — prompting some Democrats to cry foul.
Tuesday’s hearing follows former FBI Director James B. Comey’s dramatic testimony before the same committee last week, when he raised intrigue by telling lawmakers that FBI officials had expected Mr. Session would recuse himself from all Russia-related issues “for a variety of reasons.”