Attorney General Jeff Sessions has agreed to testify before the Senate Intelligence Committee next week as it probes Russian meddling in the presidential election.
In a letter Saturday, Sessions said he would appear before the committee on Tuesday in light of last week’s testimony by former FBI Director James Comey.
The attorney general was scheduled to testify on the Justice Department’s budget before an appropriations panel, but said it became obvious senators would opt to grill him about Russia. In a letter to the committee’s chair Sen. Richard Shelby (R-Ala.), he said he’d appear before the intelligence committee instead.
“In light of reports regarding Mr. Comey’s 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 wrote.
“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.”
Sessions recused himself from the investigation into Russian interference in the election and the possibility of collusion between the Russians and President Trump’s campaign after it was revealed that he met twice last year with the Russian ambassador to the United States.
During his confirmation hearing, he said he did not meet with Russian officials during the campaign, leading to criticism that he had made false statements.
During his testimony last week, Comey said he couldn’t explain why Sessions was involved in President Trump’s decision to fire him despite his recusal.
While Sessions goes before the intelligence committee, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein is now set to testify to the budget panel in his place.
With News Wire Services.