Four lines of possible questions for Attorney General Sessions

CNN reported at the time that the Federal Bureau of Investigation denied Priebus' request, although White House press secretary Sean Spicer said at the time that the White House was simply asking the Federal Bureau of Investigation "to tell the truth" in response to reports about Trump campaign communications with Russian officials. Sessions added his own letter to that effect, and both documents were sent to Trump, who then fired Comey later on the same day, May 9.

Sen. Elizabeth Warren's fraught history with now-Attorney General Jeff Sessions is no secret. There, Yun learned about Warmbier's "condition", the White House official said.

Sessions' testimony before the Senate Intelligence Committee, scheduled to start at 2:30 p.m. (1830 GMT), has the potential for high drama as the Russian Federation probe continues to dominate US politics, sidelining President Donald Trump's domestic agenda. He said he could not recall if he had an informal interactions with Russians at the event. "At all times throughout the course of the campaign, the confirmation process, and since becoming Attorney General, I have dedicated myself to the highest standards". Mark Warner asked Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Tuesday.

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Whether executive privilege is invoked "depends on the scope of the questions", White House spokesman Sean Spicer told reporters Monday.

During his testimony Mr Comey described how he remembered Mr Sessions responding to the request.

Sessions only announced that he would be testifying before the House Intelligence Committee over the weekend, and it came as a surprise.

"I am not stonewalling", Sessions told Sen.

Sessions: "I have confidence in Mr. Mueller". Ron Wyden. "I'm following historic policies of Department of Justice".

Critics charged that by firing Comey on May 9, Trump was trying to hinder the FBI's Russian Federation probe. Sessions argued that in the context of the hearing, "my answer was a fair and correct response to the charge as I understood it".

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Other Democrats also lost their patience with Sessions. The Justice Department has said that while Sessions was there, for a speech by Trump, there were no meetings or private encounters. "Since you discussed his removal, why wouldn't you discuss the reasons?" The technicalities of his repeated evasions were therefore of substantive importance to the future of Congress' investigations of the Comey firing. Trump rewarded his loyalty on the campaign by tapping him as the nation's top law enforcement officer.

Throughout the questioning, Sessions defended himself and refused to discuss any details of conversations he has had with President Trump.

Intelligence Committee members will also likely ask Sessions about a possible third undisclosed meeting with Kislyak that is now under investigation, according to media reports.

Given that Mr Sessions had officially recused himself from his department's Russian Federation probe, the attorney general's involvement in a firing that now appears to have been motivated, at least in part, by Mr Comey's direction of the Russian Federation probe has raised some eyebrows.

It has never been clear how Sessions could have recused himself from the Russian Federation investigation, but still involved himself in the decision to fire the FBI director, given that the decision to fire Comey was directly linked to the Russian Federation investigation.

"President Trump knows that the country he has been elected to lead is threatened daily by terrorists who believe in a radical ideology, and that there are active plots to infiltrate the United States immigration system - just as occurred prior to 9/11", Sessions said in a statement yesterday.

Comey said the attorney general didn't say anything, but the attorney general's body language "gave me the sense like 'what am I going to do?'".

Sessions said during his hearing he is not sure if he would be able to answer the questions in a closed session. Days after that, Sessions also corrected his confirmation hearing testimony to inform the committee about his two meetings with Kislyak.

Sessions testified on Tuesday that he and others filed out of the room and left Comey alone with Trump following a group meeting in February. "Further, I have no knowledge of any such conversations by anyone connected to the Trump campaign". This cast a new spotlight on Sessions and made him a character to watch in the Russian Federation investigation.

Asked what he would do if the president ordered him to fire Mueller, Rosenstein said, "I'm not going to follow any orders unless I believe those are lawful and appropriate orders".