Attorney General Jeff Sessions refused to answer many of the questions that were put to him on Tuesday. While being questioned by the Senate Intelligence Committee, Sessions repeatedly said that it would be “inappropriate” for him to answer certain questions. Following the hearing, Democrats criticized him for “stonewalling” them and thus “impeding” the Russia investigation.
But according to Rep. Adam Schiff, the ranking member of the House Intelligence Committee, Congress isn’t done with Sessions just yet.
You’ll have to claim executive privilege or you’re going to have to testify,” Schiff said during an interview with CNN’s Wolf Blitzer. “And we have the means to compel that, and if it’s not done willingly, I think we should compel that.”
Blitzer seized onto Schiff’s remark and pressed him further, asking if Congress would go so far as to hold Sessions in contempt of Congress if he continued to hold his tongue. Schiff said that they would do whatever they had to in order to get to the bottom of this, including “litigation” if necessary.
Well, I think the process would be negotiation with the White House,” Schiff said. “We’re going to demand answers to this. We’re going to subpoena him to come back, if necessary, and if he doesn’t answer, and we’re not satisfied with the claim of privilege, then we’ll take whatever steps are necessary to compel.”
He added, “That may ultimately result in litigation, but we need to get these answers.”
The CNN host tried to get Schiff to give him a more definitive answer, but the senator chose his words carefully. However, he did eventually concede that Congress would hold Sessions in contempt if it came to that. However, he also noted that the White House would be consulted before that step was taken.
You can watch Sen. Schiff’s interview here:
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