Attorney General Jeff Sessions will no longer testify before Congress this week on funding for the Justice Department, Politico reports. The hearings likely would have been dominated by questions about the federal probe into potential collusion between Russian officials and the Trump campaign. DOJ spokeswoman Sarah Isgur Flores said the testimonies, which had been planned for tomorrow in the House and Thursday in the Senate, were postponed because of a scheduling conflict. The Senate Appropriations Committee had announced Sessions’ appearance last week. The Senate hearing was rescheduled for June 13.
Other Cabinet officials are traveling to Capitol Hill this week to discuss details of President Trump’s fiscal 2018 budget proposal. With Sessions, Democrats are sure to raise questions about the controversy swirling around the Trump White House and the Russia investigation, as well as Trump’s surprise firing of former FBI Director James Comey. Democratic Sens. Jeanne Shaheen of New Hampshire and Patrick Leahy of Vermont have written letters to DOJ, asking for more information on reported requests from Comey for more resources for the Russia probe shortly before he was dismissed. Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein told lawmakers in closed-door briefings last week he was not aware of requests from Comey regarding the Russia investigation.