Comment Of Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) On Former FBI Director James Comey, And Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ Testimony Next Week

[Following is the comment of Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) on Attorney General Sessions’ scheduled testimony next week, on Tuesday, before the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice and Science.  Leahy is the Vice Chairman of the Appropriations Committee and a leading member of the Judiciary Committee.]

“I have sought for months to clarify Attorney General Sessions’ contacts with Russian officials following his false testimony in response to questions from me and from Senator Franken. We wrote to the FBI requesting that they investigate such matters.  I am also deeply concerned about the Attorney General’s role in firing Director Comey in light of his recusal from the Russia investigation.  I led Democratic Judiciary Committee members in a letter asking the Inspector General to investigate.  Former Director Comey testified today that he expected the Attorney General to recuse himself from the Russia investigation, weeks before the Attorney General made that decision himself, because of matters that could not be discussed publicly.  This raises even more questions about the Attorney General’s actions.

“After he abruptly postponed his appearance before an Appropriations subcommittee last month, Attorney General Sessions is now scheduled to appear next Tuesday.  As Vice Chairman of the Appropriations Committee, I have many important questions for him to answer.”

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