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Al Franken has low expectations for Jeff Sessions' testimony

Sessions will publicly testify about the Russia investigation Tuesday. Franken is hoping for answers.

Jeff Sessions will go in front of U.S. senators Tuesday to talk about Russia.

Sessions, the attorney general of the United States, is expected to face questions about his contacts with a Russian ambassador, ABC News reports. The hearing is part of the Senate Intelligence Committee's investigation into Russia's interference in the 2016 elections.

Sessions reportedly met twice with Ambassador Sergey Kislyak in 2016, while he was closely tied to then-candidate Donald Trump's presidential campaign.

But while publicly discussing his involvement with Russian officials – including when being questioned by Sen. Al Franken – he never mentioned those meetings. (More on that below.)

That led Sessions to step away from the investigation.

Now he will testify publicly for the first time since then, CNN says. Democrats had criticized him for canceling two previous scheduled testimonies, according to The Hill.

The hearing will start at 1:30 p.m. central time Tuesday.

Franken's still worried about his 'evasiveness'

Sen. Franken has been wary of Sessions since the former Alabama senator was nominated by President Trump to be attorney general.

And he hasn't changed his tune.

Franken said in a statement Monday afternoon he's still "concerned" by Sessions' "evasiveness, misrepresentations, and of course, his suspicious ties to Russian officials."

The senator in the statement accused Sessions of failing to tell the truth about meeting with Kislyak, and said he hopes the attorney general "will provide the American people with answers" about both his Russian involvement, and his role in James Comey's firing.

"But my presumption is that after tomorrow, there will still be questions that need answering," he said, adding he wants Sessions to testify in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee – which both he and fellow Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar are part of.

Franken 'inadvertently' caught Sessions

Franken was actually one of the senators who – "inadvertently," he admits in his new book (here's the passage) – caught Sessions in what now appears to be a lie.

Franken asked Sessions, "If there was any evidence that anyone affiliated with the Trump campaign communicated with the Russian government in the course of this campaign, what would you do?"

To which Sessions replied: "I’m not aware of any of those activities. I have been called a surrogate at a time or two in that campaign and I did not have communications with the Russians."

Sessions later said he met with Kislyak in his capacity as a senator, not as part of the Trump campaign, which is why he answered the questions that way.

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