He said the FBI became "aware of facts that I can't discuss in an open setting that would make (Sessions') continued engagement in a Russia-related investigation problematic". Democratic Senator Dianne Feinstein, a member of both the Senate intelligence and judiciary committees, has said Sessions should answer questions about his January testimony. DOJ says they think he will testify in closed session. The matter is also being investigated by several congressional panels, including the Senate Intelligence Committee.
The White House on Monday suggested Sessions could invoke executive privilege during his testimony depending on "the scope of the questions". Comey shared his memo after he was already fired, he said, adding that he hoped the leak "might prompt the appointment of a special counsel" into the investigation of Russian interference into the 2016 presidential campaign.
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.
Sen. Elizabeth Warren's fraught history with now-Attorney General Jeff Sessions is no secret. And Leahy on Twitter said, you can't run forever, talking about Sessions and the Russian Federation probe.
Warren emphatically believes that Sessions' involvement in Comey's dismissal would be a violation of his recusal. Media reports last week said Sessions offered to resign because of tensions with the president over his decision to recuse himself from the Federal Bureau of Investigation's Russian Federation probe. But senators on the committee are expected to question Sessions about his meetings with Russians - a topic that's come under increased scrutiny amid investigations into Russia's interference in the USA election.
JOHNSON: Yeah. The attorneys general for Washington, D.C., and Maryland tell The Washington Post they're planning to sue the president for violating the emoluments clause of the Constitution, that language that says the president can't accept gifts from foreign governments, though state AGs say they're in a better position to sue than some private actors because the convention centers in their states are actually losing out to Trump hotels and Trump resorts. Sessions, whose contacts with Russia's ambassador to the US during the presidential campaign has sparked questions, agreed Saturday, June 10, to appear before the Senate intelligence committee as it investigates alleged Russian meddling in the election. Either way, senators said he would face pointed questions not only about his contacts with Russian officials, but also about his conversations with James B. Comey, the ousted F.B.I. director.
"In light of reports regarding Mr. Comey's recent testimony, it is important that I have an opportunity to address these matters in the appropriate forum", Sessions wrote.