Wyden calls for Sessions to testify in open hearing

Wyden calls for Sessions to testify in open hearing
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Sen. Ron WydenRonald (Ron) Lee WydenSanders, 50 Democrats unveil bill to send N95 masks to all Americans Manchin told White House he would back version of billionaire tax: report Democrats look to scale back Biden bill to get it passed MORE (D-Ore.) on Sunday urged leadership of the Senate Intelligence Committee to hold a public hearing with Attorney General Jeff SessionsJefferson (Jeff) Beauregard SessionsPress: For Trump endorsement: The more sordid, the better Those predicting Facebook's demise are blowing smoke If bitcoin is 'digital gold,' it should be taxed like gold MORE.

In a letter to Chairman Richard BurrRichard Mauze BurrPublic health expert: Biden administration needs to have agencies on the 'same page' about COVID Top Biden adviser expresses support for ban on congressional stock trades Biden's FDA nominee advances through key Senate committee MORE (R-N.C.) and Vice Chairman Mark WarnerMark Robert WarnerWe are America's independent contractors, and we are terrified Hillicon Valley: Amazon's Alabama union fight — take two Senate Judiciary Committee to debate key antitrust bill MORE (D-Va.), Wyden — also a member of the panel — called for an open hearing.

“I urge that the Committee hold a hearing with the Attorney General in the open so that the American people can hear for themselves what he has to say with regard to connections to the Russians and the President’s abuse of power,” Wyden wrote.

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Wyden referenced former FBI Director James Comey’s testimony last week, saying it allowed Comey to provide the public with “valuable information.”

“These matters, which are directly related to threats to our democratic institutions, are of the utmost public interest. I believe we owe the American people transparency,” Wyden said of Sessions’s possible testimony.

Sessions said Saturday he plans to testify in front of the Senate Intelligence Committee this week to address Comey’s testimony about him. 

Wyden in the letter said none of the subjects Sessions will testify about need to be classified.

“In fact, most of these topics have already been addressed publicly by the Department of Justice and the Attorney General himself,” he said.