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While Comey did not run to tell Sessions of his concerns over what the President supposedly said about the investigation of Michael Flynn, Comey did say he asked Sessions to shield him from Mr. Trump, anxious by the President's phone calls and questions.

The public testimony Tuesday before the Senate Intelligence committee should yield Sessions' most extensive comments to date on questions that have dogged his entire tenure as attorney general and that led him three months ago to step aside from the Russian Federation probe.

Sessions stepped aside in March from the federal investigation into contacts between Russia and the campaign after acknowledging that he had met twice a year ago with the Russian ambassador to the U.S. The former senator from Alabama told lawmakers at his January confirmation hearing that he had not met with Russians during the campaign. "Sessions actually offered to resign, even though his friends say he doesn't want to leave, but Trump has refused to accept that resignation". But senators on the committee are expected to question Sessions about his meetings with Russians - a topic that's come under increased scrutiny amid investigations into Russia's interference in the USA election. He said at his January confirmation hearing that he had not met with Russians during the campaign. The committee shortly after said the hearing would be open. Memos that he had written in the course of his official government duties about privileged conversations with the President.

"Look, the president of the United States, as we all know, is a unitary executive", Sekulow said on ABC's "This Week".

The Justice Department said Monday that Sessions requested Tuesday's committee hearing be open because he "believes it is important for the American people to hear the truth directly from him".

She said Sessions should also testify before the Judiciary Committee, because it was better suited to explore legal questions of possible obstruction. "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".

Comey told Senators that during an unusual one-on-one meeting in February with the president in the Oval Office Trump urged him to "let go" an investigation into fired National Security Adviser Michael Flynn. Rejecting White House talking points, they pretty much accepted what Comey had to say at face value, almost to a person praising his service and his honesty.

Spicer, the spokesman, declined to say then that Sessions enjoyed Trump's confidence, though spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders said later in the week that the president had confidence "in all of his Cabinet".

During a news conference in the Rose Garden of the White House Friday, when the president was asked if tapes exist of his private conversations with Comey, he told reporters they'll be "disappointed" with his answer.


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