NEXT IN THE HOT SEAT: Sessions set to face intense Russia questioning

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Summary: ” On “Fox News Sunday,” Republican National Committee Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel appealed to lawmakers to drop down their line of investigation regarding the question of collusion between the Trump campaign, and Moscow. The Senate’s Russia probe will hit a new level of intensity Tuesday when Attorney General Jeff Sessions becomes the highest-ranking official to testify – in what Senate Intelligence Committee leaders confirmed shall be an open hearing, in the spirit of last week’s dramatic session with James Comey. “Recommending Director Comey’s firing would seem to be a violation of his recusal and Attorney General Sessions needs to answer, for that,” Schumer said in a statement. On “Fox News Sunday,” Sen. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., who’d called, for Sessions’ testimony to be public, welcomed the open hearing as a “positive step”, but said the attorney general ought to be “forthcoming” regarding “unanswered, and troubling questions.”  MUELLER’S LEGAL BUILD-UP RAISES FLAGS He called for Sessions to clarify what involvement he’d in the Russia probe prior to his recusal; what “safeguards” are currently in place; and why he “felt it was appropriate” to recommend Comey’s firing when he was leading that investigation. Sessions had been set to testify prior to a budget-related subcommittee on Tuesday but, in letters to key lawmakers, said the intelligence committee that heard from Comey would be the more proper venue considering the Russia-related questions. “[Sessions] had already recused himself, and then, suddenly, he is the one it would appear that recommending to the president that Comey be fired and the president has … declared it was all about the Russian investigation,” Reed said. During his testimony last week, Comey suggested there may be even more to Sessions’ recusal from the Russia probe, telling lawmakers he believed it was “inevitable” that Sessions would recuse himself, and there were “facts” he couldn’t discuss in an open hearing.”

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