Jeff Sessions to testify before Senate panel

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Though contact between the White House and the FBI has always been routed through the attorney general or deputy attorney general, Sessions recused himself from overseeing the FBI investigation into Russia's interference with last year's election after failing to disclose meetings with Kislyak during his January confirmation hearing. The Justice Department has said that while Sessions was there, for a speech by Trump, there were no meetings or private encounters.

U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions "at one point recently" offered to resign because his relationship with President Trump had grown so tense, according to reports from ABC News and multiple other news outlets.

Richard Shelby, Sessions writes that his decision to appear comes in light of last week's testimony by fired FBI Director James Comey. Comey declined to elaborate in an open setting. "Two sources close to the president say he has lashed out repeatedly at the attorney general in private meetings, blaming the recusal for the expansion of the Russian Federation investigation, now overseen by special counsel and former FBI director Robert Mueller", the network reports.

In a letter Saturday to Sen. Shelby chairs the Senate appropriations subcommittee. Richard Shelby, R-Ala., Sessions said that he had been scheduled to discuss the Justice Department budget before House and Senate Appropriations subcommittees but that it had become clear some members would focus their questions on the Russian Federation investigation.

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Sessions said Saturday that he was accepting an invitation from the Senate intelligence committee, although that was not immediately confirmed. Later, in May, after Trump had fired Comey as FBI director, deputy attorney general Rod Rosenstein appointed special counsel Robert Mueller to take over the Russian Federation investigation.

"Not only because of his problematic contact with Russians", he said, "but also because he failed to safeguard and protect the Federal Bureau of Investigation as part of the Department of Justice when he learned about the meeting in which the President of the United States in effect had inappropriate conversations with Director Comey".

The move is a prominent switch from his previous plans to testify publicly on the Justice Department's budget and puts him more directly in the firing line over questions about his contacts with the Russian ambassador to the United States and a federal investigation into Russian attempts to influence the 2016 election. "So we need to know the answer to a number of questions regarding the attorney general".