Attorney General Jeff Sessions will testify in front of the Senate Intelligence Committee on Tuesday to respond to former FBI Director James Comey’s testimony about him.
Sessions was originally scheduled to testify in front of House and Senate Appropriations subcommittees this week but said in a statement that he will send Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein to testify after hearing that lawmakers want to question him about the investigation and any ties between the Russian government and the Trump Administration.
“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,” Sessions’ statement read.
“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.”
Comey testified in closed door session on Thursday that Sessions may have had an undisclosed meeting with Russian Ambassador Sergei Kislyak in April, 2016.
Sessions has come under fire for failing to disclose other meetings with Kislyak during his confirmation hearing.
“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 combatting the opioid crisis and violent crime. Some members have public stated their intention to focus their questions on issues related to the investigation in Russian interference in the 2016 election, from which I have recused, and for which the Deputy Attorney General appointed a Special Counsel.”