WATCH: Spicer won’t say if Sessions may claim privilege in Tuesday’s testimony

BY    | Updated: Jun 12, 2017 at 3:17 PM

White House press secretary Sean Spicer faced questions at Monday’s news briefing about Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ upcoming testimony in the ongoing Russia probe.

WASHINGTON — White House spokesman Sean Spicer is declining to say whether Attorney General Jeff Sessions should invoke executive privilege in testimony to Congress Tuesday.

Spicer told reporters Monday that it “depends on the scope of the questions” and said it was “premature” to say.

Sessions will testify in open session Tuesday before the Senate Intelligence committee, where he’ll face questions over his role in the controversy around possible ties between the Trump presidential campaign and Russia.

Spicer also declined to say whether Trump agrees with Sessions’ decision to testify. But he says the president “believes that the sooner we can get this addressed and dealt with” the better.

Spicer is also refusing to say whether tapes exist of the president’s conversations with FBI Director James Comey before Trump fired him. Comey told Congress last week that Trump urged him to drop a probe of former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn.

PBS NewsHour will update this story as it develops.

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