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 WydenTwo more parting shots from Trump aimed squarely at disabled workers On The Money: Push for student loan forgiveness puts Biden in tight spot | Trump is wild card as shutdown fears grow | Mnuchin asks Fed to return 5 billion in unspent COVID emergency funds Grassley, Wyden criticize Treasury guidance concerning PPP loans MORE (D-Ore.) on Sunday urged leadership of the Senate Intelligence Committee to hold a public hearing with Attorney General Jeff SessionsJefferson (Jeff) Beauregard SessionsAlabama zeroes in on Richard Shelby's future Tuberville incorrectly says Gore was president-elect in 2000 Next attorney general must embrace marijuana law reforms MORE.

In a letter to Chairman Richard BurrRichard Mauze BurrNorth Carolina — still purple but up for grabs North Carolina's Mark Walker expected to announce Senate bid Lara Trump mulling 2022 Senate run in North Carolina: report MORE (R-N.C.) and Vice Chairman Mark WarnerMark Robert WarnerHarris shares Thanksgiving recipe: 'During difficult times I have always turned to cooking' Biden leans on foreign policy establishment to build team Trump relents as GSA informs Biden transition to begin 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.


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.