Jeff Sessions does not plan to reveal information about his private conversations with President Donald Trump during his testimony tomorrow before the Senate Intel Committee, according to sources close to the Attorney General.
The sources said the former senator and Trump loyalist is unlikely to talk about any direct conversations with the president.
“I wouldn’t expect the attorney general to discuss that,” the source said.
It was unclear whether the Attorney General would cite executive privilege as such, or simply say he wants to preserve the confidentiality of his discussions with Trump.
Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats and National Security Agency Director Mike Rogers both declined to answer questions about their conversations with Trump during a Senate Intelligence Committee hearing last week. The refusal drew the ire of senators from both parties.
Neither of the intelligence officials formally invoked executive privilege. Coats said he was declining out of confidentiality concerns that were not legal in nature. Both men said they’d asked the White House for guidance on whether they should discuss conversations with the president.
“To be honest, I didn’t get a definitive answer,” Rogers said.
Sessions is slated to be publicly questioned about his contacts with Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak. He will also likely be asked if he had conversations with Trump about his intentions to fire former FBI Director Comey as a way to end the Russia investigation. Sessions has said that he only had two contacts with Kislyak, but Comey testified in a private hearing that Sessions had in fact had three contacts with Kislyak.
Comey also insinuated that there were multiple reasons behind Sessions’ recusal from the Russia investigation, beyond his involvement in the campaign.
The relationship between Sessions and Trump has been particularly tense in recent weeks. Trump has blamed Sessions for the special prosecutor who is now investigating the White House and has told the Attorney General that he shouldn’t have recused himself, Sessions won’t reveal information about conversations with Trump.
A White House official said Trump will be watching the hearing closely.
Earlier on Monday, Press Secretary Sean Spicer said at a press briefing that it was "too premature" to say if Sessions would invoke executive privilege to avoid answering questions about private conversations with the President.