Attorney General Jeff Sessions, whose contacts with Russia's ambassador to the US during the presidential campaign have sparked questions, has agreed to appear before the Senate intelligence committee.
Comey testified that he decided not to report the president's request to Sessions at the time, because the attorney general was weighing his recusal from all matters related to the Russia investigation - largely for his failure to acknowledge two previous meetings with the Russian ambassador during his January confirmation hearing - and for other "facts" the former director said he could not disclose in a public session.
Mr Sessions removed himself in March from involvement in any probe of alleged Russian election meddling after it emerged he had failed to disclose a meeting he had past year with Moscow's ambassador.
The hearing will be held Tuesday at 2:30 p.m.
"(Sessions) believes it is important for the American people to hear the truth directly from him and looks forward to answering the committee's questions tomorrow", a Justice Department spokesperson said.
Trump's aides have dodged questions about whether conversations relevant to the Russian Federation investigation have been recorded, and so has the President.
"I think the president made it clear what his intentions were on Friday", he said, referring to Mr. Trump's comment at a Rose Garden press conference that he would address the issue soon. The former Federal Bureau of Investigation director hinted in the committee's closed session that there may have been a third, unreported meeting between Sessions and Kislyak, people familiar with the briefing said.
Senate Democrats have raised the possibility that Sessions and Kislyak could have met there, though Justice Department officials say there were no private encounters or side meetings. Comey testified that in the privacy of the Oval Office, the President asked him to let the investigation into former national security adviser Michael Flynn drop.
Following Comey's public testimony last Thursday, he told senators in a closed hearing that afternoon that Sessions may have had a third interaction with Russia's ambassador to the USA, according to people familiar with the briefing.
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Democratic lawmakers are skeptical that Sessions will divulge any explosive new details, especially since the attorney general could assert executive privilege regarding any questions about conversations with the president.
"The Attorney General has requested that this hearing be public", Justice Department spokeswoman Sarah Isgur Flores said in a statement.
According to Comey's testimony: "The last person to leave was Jared Kushner, who also stood by my chair and exchanged pleasantries with me". On Saturday, he wrote the chairmen of both committees and said he was sending his deputy attorney general to testify in his place.
Attorney General Jeff Sessions could be at the center of two controversies in the Trump administration: whether Donald Trump's campaign colluded with Russian Federation to help Trump win and whether the president obstructed justice.
Conway also said Comey's testimony showed President Donald Trump was not under investigation.
One person who has worked with Trump in the past declared there was "no chance" he had actually taped his conversations with Comey. "So I am inviting him to come testify and we could work that out".
What's more, Trump reportedly tasked Sessions with coming up with the case for firing Comey.
"As NPR's Carrie Johnson recently reported on All Things Considered: "[Sources] are telling me Trump has been very angry with Jeff Sessions for recusing himself in the Russian Federation investigation to begin with, lots of profane conversations and yelling.
White House spokesman Sean Spicer declined to say if he thought Sessions should refrain from revealing his conversations with the president, saying it "depends on the scope of the questions".