Schumer Statement on AG Sessions Open Testimony to Senate Intelligence Committee

June 12, 2017

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer, who called for AG Sessions’ testimony to be held in a public setting, today released the below statement following the Senate Intelligence Committee announcement that Attorney General Sessions will testify in an open session this Tuesday:

“It’s a positive step that Attorney General Sessions has agreed to an open setting for his testimony tomorrow. There are many unanswered and troubling questions, so the Attorney General needs to be forthcoming. The Senate and the American people deserve to know exactly what involvement with the Russia investigation he had before his recusal, what safeguards are in place to prevent his meddling, and why he felt it was appropriate to recommend the firing of Director Comey when he was leading that investigation.  It is also imperative that Attorney General Sessions appear before other relevant committees, such as the Judiciary and Appropriations Committees, with oversight responsibilities over the Department of Justice.

“Recommending Director Comey’s firing would seem to be a violation of his recusal, and Attorney General Sessions needs to answer for that.”