It seems that it is no longer a question of whether or not Attorney General Jeff Sessions will testify before the Senate Intelligence Committee, in an open setting. Sessions sent a letter on Saturday offering to testify before the committee on Tuesday, and it caught members of the panel by surprise. Some senators were concerned that the attorney general may be trying to avoid testifying.
The Senate committee was discussing whether the testimony should be open, closed or both, as former FBI Director James Comey did last week. The concern of some Senators revolves around the idea that Sessions may be trying to avoid a public testimony by canceling his previously scheduled Senate and House Appropriations appearances this week. He surely would have be grilled on issues related to the federal investigation into Russia’s influence in the 2016 presidential election.
Democratic Senator Ron Wyden of Oregon, who is also a member of the Intelligence panel, sent a letter to Chairman Richard Burr of North Carolina and Senator Mark Warner of Virginia. He asked for the hearing to be open.
Press Secretary Sean Spicer was asked by reporters today what the White House official response was to Sessions testifying and Spicer said:
"Is the president then okay with [AG Sessions] testifying in an open setting tomorrow?"
Spicer: "He's going to testify; we're aware of it." pic.twitter.com/IHgRUS1r7z
— CBS News (@CBSNews) June 12, 2017
It was decided today, by the Senate Committee that the hearing will be open.
What do you think about Sessions testimony? Should it be open or closed?