Jeff Sessions makes last-minute request to testify in public so ‘people hear the truth directly’
Attorney General Jeff Sessions reportedly wants his Tuesday testimony to the Senate Intelligence Committee to be open to the public.
Following allegations that Sessions failed to disclose a third meeting with Russian officials, the attorney general canceled his Appropriations Committee testimony and agreed to testify in a closed session to the Senate Intelligence Committee.
Democratic lawmakers scolded Sessions for refusing to answer questions in a session open to the American people. And on Monday, the former Alabama senator relented.
In a statement, the Department of Justice said that Sessions is calling for his Tuesday testimony to be available to the public.
“He believes it is important for the American people to hear the truth directly from him,” a spokesperson said.
DOJ: Sessions wants to testify publicly tomorrow — “He believes it is important for the American people to hear the truth directly from him”
— Bradd Jaffy (@BraddJaffy) June 12, 2017