Attorney General Jeff Sessions will appear before the Senate Intelligence Committee

by Abel Hampton June 12, 2017, 11:01

It was not immediately clear whether Sessions would testify at a public hearing.

A Sessions spokeswoman said she did not know if it would be public. Trump "should voluntarily turn them over", Collins said.

A member of Trump's legal team, Jay Sekulow, told ABC on Sunday that Trump would "address the issue of the tapes, whether the tapes exist or not, next week".

It's the first fallout from Comey's testimony - more proof the Russian Federation investigation isn't going away anytime soon. He had told lawmakers at his January confirmation hearing that he had not met with Russians during the campaign.

In his testimony on Thursday, Comey accused President Donald Trump of firing him to try to undermine the FBI's investigation of possible collusion by people in Trump's campaign with Russia's alleged efforts to influence the 2016 presidential election.

Comey also has said Sessions did not respond when he complained he didn't "want to get time alone with the president again".

Sessions said his decision to accept the intelligence committee's invitation to appear was due in part to Comey's testimony.

Republican Senator Susan Collins called on Sunday for Trump to "voluntarily turn them over" to the Senate Intelligence Committee and to the special counsel, Robert Mueller, investigating possible collusion between Trump aides and Russian Federation. "Totally illegal?" he asked in a tweet.

Several Republican lawmakers also criticized Comey for disclosing memos he had written in the aftermath of his private conversations with Trump, calling that action "inappropriate".

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.

He said Trump reached out to him again after the inauguration but he refused to call back, shortly before he was sacked. Democratic Senator Ron Wyden, an intelligence committee member, asked the panel's leaders in a letter on Sunday to hold an open hearing.

Adding to the tension for the White House are fast-approaching deadlines in Congress to approve a health care bill before a September 30 deadline and agree on a tax reform plan - both top campaign promises, which appear to be longshots.

He had been scheduled to answer questions before the House and Senate spending committees Tuesday, but instead wants to show up to the intelligence committee instead.

"There's an unpredictability. He projects an instability", Feinstein said.

"We also were aware of facts that I can not discuss in an open setting that would make his continued engagement in a Russia-related investigation problematic", Mr Comey said. Feinstein said the Judiciary Committee should investigate.

Back in March, Sessions stepped aside from overseeing a federal investigation into contacts between Russia and the Trump campaign after he acknowledged meeting twice a year ago with the Russian diplomat, Sergey Kislyak. In addition to Sessions' possible testimony, the question remains whether or not Trump taped his conversations with Comey.

The statement also addressed Comey's claim that the DOJ didn't issue any guidance on Sessions' recusal from matters pertaining to the Russian meddling investigations.

Lankford appeared on CBS' "Face the Nation".

Reed spoke on "Fox News Sunday".

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