Amid growing concern over his connections to Russia, Attorney General Jeff Sessions has announced that he won’t be testifying next week before the House and Senate Appropriations Committees after all.
Sessions was previously scheduled to testify about the Justice Department’s budget, but he told Committee leaders in a letter that he is sending Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein in his stead because he was concerned about being questioned about the Trump/ Russia scandal.
On Tuesday, when he was scheduled to appear before the respective appropriations committees, he will now be testifying before the Senate Intelligence Committee in what is expected to be a closed door hearing.
It’s in Thursday’s testimony to the Senate Intelligence Committee that fired FBI Director James Comey revealed that Sessions has, apparently, been under scrutiny for some time and that he’s suspected of having not two, but three secret meetings throughout 2016.
Sessions recused himself from the Russia investigation earlier this year after the first two secret meetings came to light. Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein now oversees the Department of Justice investigation into the Russian election meddling scandal, and it’s Rosenstein — the same guy who will be taking Sessions’s place at the Tuesday Appropriations Committee hearings — who appointed Robert Mueller to the position of Special Counsel for the Russia investigation.
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