U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions will testify on Tuesday before the Senate Intelligence Committee where he will face questions over his meetings with Russian officials during last year's presidential election campaign, AFP reported Saturday.
Sessions, a longtime senator before being tapped by President Donald Trump as the nation's top law officer, announced the decision in a letter Saturday in which he referred to remarks made by fired FBI Director James Comey in the same forum.
"In light of reports regarding Mr. Comey's recent testimony before the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, it is important that I have an opportunity to address these matters," the letter stated.
"The Senate Intelligence Committee is the most appropriate forum for such matters, as it has been conducting an investigation and has access to relevant, classified information," he added.
In March, Sessions recused himself from federal investigations into Russia’s interference in the 2016 election, after it was revealed he had contacts with the Russian ambassador to the U.S., Sergey Kislyak
Sessions had been due to appear Tuesday before the Senate Appropriations Committee about the Justice Department's budget for 2018, but said the switch of hearing was necessary as it had become clear he would be questioned about Russia.
"Some members have publicly stated their intention to focus their questions on issues related to the investigation into Russian interference into Russian interference in the 2016 election," his letter said.
Comey delivered scathing testimony Thursday at the Senate hearing, saying Trump sought to derail a probe into onetime national security advisor Michael Flynn.
Comey branded the president a liar and said he believed he was fired over his handling of the FBI probe into Russian election meddling, allegations that Trump denied on Friday.
Trump's lawyer, who accused Comey of improperly leaking “privileged communications” with the president following his admission to sharing the contents of memos recounting his private interactions with Trump with a friend, said on Friday that the President plans to file a complaint against Comey.