After the testimony of fired FBI Director James Comey on Thursday, which raised as many questions as it answered, pundits and politicians on both sides of the aisle are left to analyze and debate what it all meant. The information given to the American public did not, however, end with Comey’s testimony.
On Tuesday, new testimony will be presented to the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, and Science by Trump-appointed Attorney General Jeff Sessions. Sessions has recently come under fire for his failure to disclose secret meetings with Russian government operatives in his requests for security clearance as attorney general. Questioning, however, will apparently not focus on those meetings, nor will it focus on matters related to commerce or science.
According to USA Today:
‘The hearing is supposed to focus on the 2017 budget request for the Department of Justice. But Vermont Sen. Patrick Leahy, the senior Democrat on the overall Appropriations Committee and a member of the Judiciary Committee, said Thursday he will press Sessions about his role in President Trump’s May decision to fire Comey as FBI director.’
While Trump’s spokespeople insisted that the president fired James Comey on the recommendations of Attorney General Sessions and Deputy Attorney General Rosenstein, Trump later denied that to Lester Holt during a televised interview in which he insisted that he alone made the decision to fire Comey.
The rapid turnaround in the narrative came after questions were raised as to why Sessions was involved in decisions about Comey at all, considering that Comey was in the process of investigating the president’s campaign team for collusion with Russia and Sessions had recused himself from all decision involving that investigation after his undisclosed meetings with Russian government officials became public.
The country once again waits with bated breath for more details of this ongoing saga.
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