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Lawmakers on the appropriations committees had indicated an interest in questioning Sessions on Russian meddling in last year's presidential election rather than on the Department of Justice's budget, as was scheduled, leading to the decision, according to the letters.

Comey said he knew Sessions would recuse himself from the Russian investigation because, "We also were aware of facts that I can't discuss in an open setting that would make his continued engagement in a Russia-related investigation problematic".

Attorney General Jeff Sessions will testify at a public hearing of the Senate intelligence committee Tuesday afternoon, the committee said in a statement.

That remark came after revelations emerged that Sessions had met with Russia's ambassador to the USA last year, despite testifying under oath during a confirmation hearing that he "did not have communications with the Russians".

"It depends on the scope of the questions", White House press secretary Sean Spicer said when asked whether Sessions would invoke executive privilege.

As news of his testimony broke, Sessions attended a Cabinet meeting with Trump at the White House.

"(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. The committee shortly after said the hearing would be open. "Sessions actually offered to resign, even though his friends say he doesn't want to leave, but Trump has refused to accept that resignation". The Justice Department has denied that, saying Sessions stressed to Comey the need to be careful about following appropriate policies.

Some members of the Intelligence Committee, frustrated by the tight-lipped performance of other administration officials last week, said they were not going to allow Sessions to follow suit.

He'll most likely be asked about his involvement in the Russia investigation and his undisclosed contacts with the Russian ambassador.

The former Federal Bureau of Investigation director also testified that he and the agency had believed Sessions was "inevitably going to recuse" for reasons he said he could not elaborate on.

Trump's aides have dodged questions about whether conversations relevant to the Russian Federation investigation have been recorded, and so has the president.

Sen. Richard Burr, R-N.C., chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, and Sen.

"We want to get back to running our great country", Trump said at a White House news conference on Friday after a week that saw Washington and much of the country fixated on the damaging testimony of his fired Federal Bureau of Investigation director.

Lawmakers, including Al Franken of Minnesota and Patrick Leahy of Vermont, have asked the FBI to investigate and to determine if Sessions committed perjury when he denied having had meetings with Russians.