Attorney General Jeff Sessions has accepted an invitation to appear before the Senate Intelligence Committee Tuesday.
"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", Sessions explained.
Sessions was scheduled to appear before the House and Senate appropriations subcommittees that day, but said in the letter that some members had publicly stated their intentions to question him about issues related to the Russian Federation investigation.
It was later reported that Comey privately told the Senate Intelligence Committee that Sessions was involved in a third undisclosed meeting with Russian officials during the campaign.
In testimony to the Senate panel on Thursday, Mr. Comey accused President Donald Trump of firing him to try to undermine the FBI's investigation of possible collusion by people in Trump's campaign with Russia's alleged efforts to influence the 2016 presidential election.
Former FBI Director James Comey hinted in his public hearing Thursday that Sessions, a former United States senator from Alabama, may have had additional contacts with Russians, and said in a closed hearing that investigators had received Russian intercepts detailing a possible third meeting between Sessions and Kislyak, sources familiar with the briefing told CNN on Thursday.
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The New York City federal prosecutor who expected to remain on the job when Trump took office but ended up being fired said he was made uncomfortable by one-on-one interactions with the president - just like Comey was. If, as the president said, I was sacked because of the Russian Federation investigation, why was the attorney general involved in that chain? COMEY: Our judgment, as I recall, is that he was very close to and inevitably going to recuse himself for a variety of reasons.
Shelby is chairman of the Senate committee Sessions originally was scheduled to testify in front of on Tuesday on matters pertaining to the Department of Justice budget.
Sessions did not say in the letter whether his appearance would be in public or behind closed doors.
In letters to the chairmen of the committees, Sessions writes that he will send his deputy, Rod Rosenstein, to the hearing instead.
"In light of reports regarding Mr. Comey's recent testimony", the attorney general wrote in a letter Sen.
With the Russian Federation story spreading, the Justice Department in May appointed former Federal Bureau of Investigation director Robert Mueller, widely respected within both parties, as a special counsel to head a separate Russian Federation probe.
Mr Sessions has been dogged by questions about possible additional encounters with the ambassador, Sergey Kislyak.