>> When Attorney General Jeff Sessions sits down at the witness table on Capital Hill on Tuesday, it'll be his first time back since he touched off a storm at his confirmation hearing with these eight words.>> I did not have communications with the Russians.>> I'm Andy Sullivan in Washington.
Whether there was a slip-up, as Sessions claims, or something else, the statement is clearly not true. Sessions met twice last year with Russian Ambassador, Sergey Kislyak. He's gonna be asked today not only about that, but also about fired FBI Director James Comey, who raised questions about Sessions in his own dramatic testimony last week.
The fact that Sessions were accused himself from a Russia probe is not giving him any kind of a pass.>> We also were aware of the facts that I can't discuss in an open setting, that would make his continued engagement in a Russia related investigation problematic.>> That moment from the Comey hearing is just a hint of what awaits Sessions before the Senate Intelligence Committee.
In one of the most dramatic moments in Comey's testimony. He told the panel that Sessions had tried to linger in the Oval Office before Trump asked Comey one-on-one, to ease up on his probe of former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn and his ties to Russia.>> My sense was the Attorney General knew he shouldn't be leaving, which is why he's lingering.
>> The question did Sessions know what Trump intended to ask Comey? Another burning question for the former Alabama Senator, what exactly was his role in the firing of Comey on May 9th and did he know Trump was thinking of the Russia probe, as Trump himself has admitted, when he gave Comey his walking papers?
Also, Trump is reportedly furious with Sessions for stepping aside from the Russia probe. Media report says Sessions has offered to resign as an attorney general as their relationship grew tense. Law makers may want Sessions to take them behind the scenes on their accusal, and any heat he took from the White House.
Now Sessions has an ace in the whole here. As Attorney General, he can invoke executive privilege to avoid disclosing private conversations with the president. But with the cameras rolling, that can look like evasion, something the White House would probably like to avoid as week by week, the cloud cast by the Russia investigation keeps getting bigger.