Sessions to appear before Senate intelligence committee

Jeff Sessions
FILE - This April 18, 2017 file photo shows Attorney General Jeff Sessions at the Justice Department in Washington. Sessions said in a department memorandum on Monday, May 22, that the department may "tailor grants to promote a lawful system of immigration." That suggests officials could seek ways to withhold money from communities that refuse to honor detainer requests from federal immigration authorities. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)

WASHINGTON (AP) — Attorney General Jeff Sessions has agreed to appear before the Senate intelligence committee as it investigates alleged Russian meddling in the presidential election.

In a letter Saturday, Sessions writes that his decision comes in light of last week’s testimony by fired FBI Director James Comey.

Sessions was scheduled to discuss the Justice Department budget before Sen. Richard Shelby’s appropriations panel. He says in a letter to Shelby that the Russian investigation would become the focus and he would appear before the intelligence committee instead.

Sessions recused himself from an investigation into contacts between Russia and the Trump campaign after acknowledging that he had met twice last year with the Russian ambassador to the U.S. He said during his confirmation hearing that he had not met with Russians during the campaign.