Longtime Republican operative Roger Stone, a Trump campaign adviser who is negotiating the terms of his own testimony before the House committee that grilled Comey, said Sessions will be advantaged by the fact that any concrete evidence of illegality has proved elusive.
But senators on the committee are expected to question Sessions about his meetings with Russians - a topic that has come under increased scrutiny amid investigations into Russia's interference in the US election.
The AG agreed to give his testimony so he could explain his role in the firing of FBI Director James Comey [VIDEO] who testified on Thursday before the Senate Intelligence Committee. These questions will mostly likely be linked to how Trump reportedly said that Comey's firing took pressure off of the investigations into Russian Federation.
King said, though, that he would not agree with those calling Comey's testimony last week a "diversion".
While several committee members, including Dianne Feinstein, Susan Collins, and Angus King had voiced support for a public hearing, other members have complained that doing so will inevitably lead to a brick wall, where Sessions will say he can not discuss certain matters in public.
Feinstein, who used to chair the Senate intelligence committee and is the top Democrat on the Senate judiciary committee, tossed a curveball back at the attorney general, arguing he should testify publicly before the seasoned lawyers and prosecutors of the Judiciary Committee. He cut his teeth as a federal prosecutor in Mobile, Alabama, at the height of the drug war, and numerous policies he has tried to implement as attorney general have roots in that time period.
Asked Monday if the White House thought Sessions should invoke executive privilege to avoid answering questions about his conversations with Trump, presidential spokesman Sean Spicer replied, "It depends on the scope of the questions".
"The only reason you go into a closed session is if it's national security, and I don't believe we're talking about national security issues here", the Maine independent senator tols "CBS This Morning" program. But former Central Intelligence Agency director John Brennan recently told Congress that his "radar" went off anytime Russians met with the Trump campaign because he knew the Russians were trying to influence the election, and he knew they often did that by trying to recruit "either wittingly or unwittingly" USA officials to help.
There are serious questions Sessions should be asked, Schumer continued.
Crucially, though, he didn't do so until March 2, after the Washington Post reported that he had met with the Russian ambassador to the U.S.at least twice during the campaign and had therefore misled Congress when he testified at his confirmation hearing that he'd had no contacts with Russian officials about the 2016 election. "I don't think that should continue", Republican National Committee Chairwoman Ronna Romney McDaniel said on "Fox News Sunday".