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 WydenOvernight Health Care — Presented by Johnson & Johnson – House progressives may try to block vote on Pelosi drug bill | McConnell, Grassley at odds over Trump-backed drug pricing bill | Lawmakers close to deal on surprise medical bills Congressional leaders unite to fight for better future for America's children and families McConnell, Grassley at odds over Trump-backed drug bill MORE (D-Ore.) on Sunday urged leadership of the Senate Intelligence Committee to hold a public hearing with Attorney General Jeff SessionsJefferson (Jeff) Beauregard SessionsThe shifting impeachment positions of Jonathan Turley Rosenstein, Sessions discussed firing Comey in late 2016 or early 2017: FBI notes Justice Dept releases another round of summaries from Mueller probe MORE.

In a letter to Chairman Richard BurrRichard Mauze BurrGOP senators request interview with former DNC contractor to probe possible Ukraine ties North Carolina congressman says he won't seek reelection after redistricting Senate passes bipartisan bill to permanently fund historically black colleges MORE (R-N.C.) and Vice Chairman Mark WarnerMark Robert WarnerHillicon Valley: FTC rules Cambridge Analytica engaged in 'deceptive practices' | NATO researchers warn social media failing to remove fake accounts | Sanders calls for breaking up Comcast, Verizon Bipartisan senators call on FERC to protect against Huawei threats Hillicon Valley: House passes anti-robocall bill | Senators inch forward on privacy legislation | Trump escalates fight over tech tax | Illinois families sue TikTok | Senators get classified briefing on ransomware 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.