June 12, 2017 at 5:26 PM EDT
Attorney General Jeff Sessions will testify Tuesday at a Senate Intelligence Committee hearing that will likely focus on his meetings with Russian officials during the 2016 presidential campaign.
Sessions is scheduled to appear before the Senate Intelligence Committee around 2:30 p.m. Tuesday. Watch live in the player above. PBS NewsHour’s Judy Woodruff will also anchor live coverage of the hearing on select PBS stations.
The hearing comes days after former FBI Director James Comey testified about the agency’s investigation of Russia’s role in last year’s presidential election and possible ties to President Donald Trump’s campaign, along with his relationship with Trump in the weeks before his firing.
Sessions may also be questioned Tuesday about his role in Comey’s firing.
On Monday, White House press secretary Sean Spicer said he wasn’t sure whether Sessions would invoke executive privilege to limit the range of topics covered in the hearing. It “depends on the scope of the questions,” he told reporters.
Tuesday’s hearing will be Sessions’ first public testimony since March, when he recused himself from the Russia investigations after failing to disclose meetings with Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak. During his January confirmation hearings, while under oath, he told senators he hadn’t had any contact with Russian officials.
Later, he acknowledged twice meeting with Kislyak before taking office, but said he never intended to mislead senators.
“Let me be clear: I never had meetings with Russian operatives or Russian intermediaries about the Trump campaign,” he said as he stepped down from the investigations.
Sessions and Republicans also stressed there was a difference between meeting with foreign officials as a senator and as a member of a campaign. Sessions said he never discussed Trump’s campaign with Russian officials.
In Comey’s prepared remarks last week, the former FBI director said he expected Sessions to recuse himself from Russia investigations two weeks before Sessions decided to step down — prompting lawmakers to question what led Comey to that conclusion.
PBS NewsHour will update this story as it develops.