The first major effects of James Comey's testimony last Thursday to the Senate Intelligence Committee last week are now known: Attorney General Jeff Sessions will respond to Comey in front of the same committee on Tuesday.
Sessions was originally supposed to testify in front of the House and Senate Appropriations subcommittees this week but said in a statement that he will send a deputy to that hearing instead after hearing that lawmakers would question him about the investigation into ties between Russia and the Trump administration.
“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 in the appropriate forum,” he said in a statement.
He will appear in front of the committee on June 13.
Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein will testify before the Appropriations subcommittee in place of Sessions.
Sessions recused himself from the Russia investigation in March after it was revealed that he did not disclose two meetings he had with the Russian ambassador during the course of the Trump campaign.
Comey reportedly told lawmakers that Sessions might have had a third undisclosed meeting during a closed session after his public testimony Thursday.
This is pretty big, because as it stands now, Sessions has lied about disclosing his previous two meetings with Russian Ambassador Kisylak and now has been accused of lying about a third such meeting. We'll see what Sessions has to say, if he doesn't skip out.