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WASHINGTON D.C. — Attorney General Jeff Sessions said on Saturday that he would take the stand to testify in front of the Senate Intelligence Committee on Tuesday, in response to the testimony of former FBI Director James Comey, which implied that the bureau may have something on Sessions.
Sessions was scheduled to testify on Tuesday in front of the Senate Appropriations subcommittee on commerce, justice, science and related activities and the House Appropriations subcommittee on commerce, justice, science and related agencies about the Justice Department’s budget request for the 2018 fiscal year.
In a letter to the chairmen of the committees, Sessions said “I previously accepted an invitation to testify on behalf of the Department of Justice before the House and Senate Appropriations Subcommittees about the department’s FY18 budget, which funds the department’s efforts in several important areas such as combating the opiod crisis and violent crime.
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.
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.”
Sessions said that he would instead send Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein to testify on the budget. Rosenstein has been leading the investigation into possible links between the Trump administration and the Russian government ever since Sessions recused himself from the investigation.
It is not known at the time if the hearing would be open to the public.