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 WydenAlcohol industry races to save tax break by year-end deadline GOP senator blasts Dem bills on 'opportunity zones' Pelosi aide hopeful White House will support drug-pricing bill despite criticism MORE (D-Ore.) on Sunday urged leadership of the Senate Intelligence Committee to hold a public hearing with Attorney General Jeff SessionsJefferson (Jeff) Beauregard SessionsSanford: 'It carries real weight' to speak against Trump 'while in office' Medill dean 'deeply troubled by the vicious bullying and badgering' of student journalists Trump has considered firing official who reported whistleblower complaint to Congress: report MORE.

In a letter to Chairman Richard BurrRichard Mauze BurrGOP senators balk at lengthy impeachment trial Graham: Senate trial 'must expose the whistleblower' GOP chairman says Senate impeachment trial could last 6-8 weeks MORE (R-N.C.) and Vice Chairman Mark WarnerMark Robert WarnerHillicon Valley: Federal inquiry opened into Google health data deal | Facebook reports millions of post takedowns | Microsoft shakes up privacy debate | Disney plus tops 10M sign-ups in first day Microsoft embraces California law, shaking up privacy debate Google sparks new privacy fears over health care data 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.