Live blog: Attorney General Jeff Sessions testifies before Senate Intelligence Committee

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.

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Lots of people want to see Attorney General Sessions testify in person

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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.

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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

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Sessions entering the chamber, you can hear the clicking of lots of cameras.  He’s wearing a suit, white shirt and red tie. 

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Sessions now sitting down at desk in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee

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The two chairs of the committee just shook hands with the Attorney General

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Sessions sitting at a desk alone.  Lots of photographers taking pictures

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hearing called to order

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Chair Richard Burr thanks Sessions for speaking at the hearing

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This is the 10th open hearing of the Senate Judiciary Committee and the fifth on Russia’s meddling in the election

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correction this is the Senate Intelligence committee

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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

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Oath just administered to Sessions he is now speaking to the committee

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Sessions says he did not have any private meetings with Russian officials at the Mayflower Hotel

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He does not recall talking with the Russian Ambassador during a reception

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Sessions calls accusations of collusion with Russia a “detestable lie”

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Sessions: false attacks and innuendos will not intimidate me

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Sessions has summed up his remarks and questions about to begin

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Chairman Richard Burr begins questioning

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First question is about whether Sessions remembers talking with the Russsian Ambassador at the Mayflower Hotel

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Sessions says he came to the hotel to see how the President handled his first major foreign policy speech

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Sessions says he has not had any contact with Robert Mueller since being appointed to investigate Russia’s meddling in the election

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Committee Chair Senator Burr (Republican) wraps up his questioning Vice Chair (Democrat)  Mark Warner begins his questions

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Sessions not aware of reports that President wants to fire special counselor Robert Mueller

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While Sessions testimony takes place in Washington D.C, President Trump is in Wisconsin touting his health care bill

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The committee hearing has ended