Attorney General Jeff Sessions is testifying before the Senate Intelligence Committee. Click to listen online. Stay with 720 WGN for frequent updates and your reaction, and follow along with our live blog below.
Attorney General Jeff Sessions expected to begin speaking at 1:30 this afternoon. He will answer questions from the Senate Judiciary committee from his former Senate colleagues about his role in the firing of James Comey, his Russian contacts and his decision to recuse himself from Russia’s meddling in the presidential campaign.
Committee hearing room just got very quiet, there was lots of chatter in the room for the last several minutes. Senators now entering the room
Sessions entering the chamber, you can hear the clicking of lots of cameras. He’s wearing a suit, white shirt and red tie.
Sessions now sitting down at desk in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee
The two chairs of the committee just shook hands with the Attorney General
Sessions sitting at a desk alone. Lots of photographers taking pictures
hearing called to order
Chair Richard Burr thanks Sessions for speaking at the hearing
This is the 10th open hearing of the Senate Judiciary Committee and the fifth on Russia’s meddling in the election
correction this is the Senate Intelligence committee
Vice Chair Mark Warner says he is concerned the President does not understand the severity of the threat posed by Russia meddling in the November election
Oath just administered to Sessions he is now speaking to the committee
Sessions says he did not have any private meetings with Russian officials at the Mayflower Hotel
He does not recall talking with the Russian Ambassador during a reception
Sessions calls accusations of collusion with Russia a “detestable lie”
BREAKING: Attorney General Jeff Sessions tells Senate panel he did not have a third meeting with Russian ambassador.
— The Associated Press (@AP) June 13, 2017
Sessions – I recused myself not for any wrongdoing but because a DOJ regulation, he felt required it.
— Lourdes Duarte (@LourdesWGN) June 13, 2017
Sessions: false attacks and innuendos will not intimidate me
Sessions has summed up his remarks and questions about to begin
Chairman Richard Burr begins questioning
First question is about whether Sessions remembers talking with the Russsian Ambassador at the Mayflower Hotel
Sessions says he came to the hotel to see how the President handled his first major foreign policy speech
BREAKING: Sessions says he was not silent when FBI director Comey expressed worry on Trump meeting, contradicting Comey testimony.
— AP Politics (@AP_Politics) June 13, 2017
Sessions says he has not had any contact with Robert Mueller since being appointed to investigate Russia’s meddling in the election
Committee Chair Senator Burr (Republican) wraps up his questioning Vice Chair (Democrat) Mark Warner begins his questions
Sessions not aware of reports that President wants to fire special counselor Robert Mueller
While Sessions testimony takes place in Washington D.C, President Trump is in Wisconsin touting his health care bill
The committee hearing has ended