Jeff Sessions' testimony is first chance to check Comey's version of events

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The public testimony Tuesday before the Senate Intelligence committee should yield Sessions' most extensive comments to date on questions that have dogged his tenure as attorney general and that led him three months ago to recuse himself from the Russian Federation probe. He later said that he did meet with the Russian ambassador in 2016, but in his role as a U.S. Senator, not as a surrogate for the Trump campaign. "When he's ready to further discuss it he will", Mr. Spicer said.

With this being the first time Sessions has testified in Congress since recusing himself from the investigation, there could be a lot to learn.

The Secret Service said Monday that it does not have any audio or transcripts of tapes recorded inside the White House since President Donald Trump was inaugurated.

"I'll tell you about that maybe sometime in the near future", the president told reporters on Friday during a White House news conference.

"We need to talk about the Russian Federation meetings, the meetings with the ambassadors", Rep. Adam Kinzinger told CNN's Kate Bolduan on "At This Hour".

In addition, Comey has said Sessions did not respond when he complained that he did not want to be left alone with Trump again.

The hearing will be held Tuesday at 2:30 p.m. Feinstein said she was especially concerned after National Intelligence Director Dan Coats and National Security Agency Director Michael Rogers refused to answer questions from the intelligence committee about possible undue influence by Trump.

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He may face questions about new comments on Monday by a Trump confidante who suggested that the president was considering firing Robert Mueller, a special counsel with sweeping powers whom the Justice Department appointed to lead an independent Trump-Russia probe.

Given that as Federal Bureau of Investigation director Comey was overseeing the probe into Russian Federation and its possible collusion with the Trump team, the firing has led to questions about potential obstruction of justice.

Conway also said Comey's testimony showed President Donald Trump was not under investigation. On Saturday, he wrote the chairmen of both committees and said he was sending his deputy attorney general to testify in his place.

Critics charged that by firing Comey on 9 May, Trump was trying to hinder the FBI's Russian Federation probe and the ex-FBI chief added fuel to that accusation with his testimony last week.

A third participant in that meeting, White House senior adviser and Trump's son-in-law Jared Kushner volunteered in March to testify before the intelligence committee.

Collins noted that she would support a subpoena if needed, but added that the president "should voluntarily turn them over". Barring the emergence of evidence such as a surreptitious recording of the conversation - Trump tweeted that Comey had better hope there are no tapes - deciding which of the two men's accounts is factual may depend on which details most accurately reflect others' recollections. "What exactly does he know about the discussion between Comey and President Trump?"

White House press secretary Sean Spicer told the daily briefing: "The president made clear in the Rose Garden last week he'll have an announcement shortly".

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