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Senate Obamacare Repeal Vote Possible Next Week

From left, Sen. John Thune, R-S.D., Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., and Sen. John Barrasso, R-Wyo., could ask their colleagues to vote on a bill reordering the health insurance system as early as next week. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

The Senate could vote as early as next Thursday on legislation to reader the U.S. health care system, a lawmaker and lobbyists tell CQ Roll Call.

That is an ambitious timeline, especially since no legislative language has been made public and several lawmakers are still unsure exactly what proposals are under consideration. But GOP aides say Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky is eager to move on past the health care issue and is charging ahead with a vote despite the uncertainty surrounding whether it could pass.

Sessions Declines to Testify About Any Conversations With Trump About Russia
Says potential exists for an executive privilege claim that has not happened

Attorney General Jeff Sessions is greeted by Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman Sen. Richard Burr, R-N.C.), right, and Sen. Mark Warner, D-Va., before his testimony on Tuesday. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

BY JOHN T. BENNETT AND NIELS LESNIEWSKI, CQ ROLL CALL

Attorney General Jeff Sessions declined to answer questions Tuesday about conversations with President Donald Trump, citing the potential that the White House could assert executive privilege — which has not yet happened.

Sessions to Testify in Public Hearing on Tuesday
Attorney general follows explosive Comey testimony before Intelligence panel

Attorney General Jeff Sessions has recused himself from the investigation into possible ties between Donald Trump’s presidential campaign and Russia. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Attorney General Jeff Sessions will testify Tuesday in an open hearing before the Senate Intelligence Committee for its ongoing probe into Russia’s interference in last year’s presidential election.

The public hearing was announced Monday by Intelligence Chairman Richard M. Burr and Vice Chairman Mark Warner.

Photos of the Week: Just Another 5 Days in D.C. — Not
The week of June 5 as captured by Roll Call’s photographers

A crowd gathered at The Partisan bar watches as former FBI Director James B. Comey arrives to testify during the Senate Intelligence Committee hearing on Thursday. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

The week was dominated by the anticipated appearance, actual appearance and analysis after the appearance of former FBI Director James B. Comey in front of the Senate Select Intelligence Committee on Thursday. One day before that, Washington also watched current intelligence officials testify before the same congressional panel — the probe into Russian meddling in the U.S. election and what the president might have asked of his officials dominating the news cycle. 

Since the next steps of the investigation are in the hands of the special counsel and could take years to resolve, this week could go down as one of the most prominent in 2017.

Say What? Senators' Questions for Comey, a Roll Call Analysis
Trump's attempted influence on FBI investigations topped the list

BY SEAN MCMINN AND RYAN KELLY

Republicans did not shy away from surfacing the issue of the president’s potential obstruction of justice during former FBI Director James B. Comey's appearance on Capitol Hill on Thursday.

Comey Hearing Is ‘D.C. Super Bowl’ Party
Bars open early for patrons to watch much-anticipated hearing on big screens

The crowd gathered at The Partisan bar watch as former FBI Director James B. Comey arrives to testify during the Senate Select Intelligence Committee hearing on Thursday. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

As former FBI Director James Comey testified on the Hill on Thursday, some Washingtonians played hooky to have a nerdy day drink.

Union Pub, the popular Senate-side bar, promised free drinks if President Donald Trump tweeted during Comey’s Senate Intelligence Committee hearing, but the president was off his favorite form of social media. The crowd was disappointed, some even left, but those remaining kept the mimosas and beers flowing until the hearing was over, after which many patrons bolted, presumably, back to work.

The Day in Photos: Comey Testifies at Senate Intel as D.C. Looks On
June 8 as captured by Roll Call’s photographers

Former FBI Director James B. Comey, right, is greeted Thursday by Senate Intelligence Chairman Richard M. Burr, center, and Vice Chairman Mark Warner before testifying about his conversations with President Donald Trump and the Russia investigation. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Highlights From Comey’s Trump Hearing
Fired ex-FBI director gives his side of conversations with Trump

Former FBI Director James B. Comey, right, is greeted by Chairman Richard Burr, R-N.C., center, and Vice-Chair Mark Warner, D-Va., before testifying about President Trump's possible campaign ties to Russia to the Senate Select Intelligence Committee on Thursday. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

In one of the most highly watched congressional hearings since the days of Watergate and the impeachment of President Bill Clinton, former FBI Director James B. Comey is testifying before the Senate Intelligence Committee about his conversations with President Donald Trump, who fired him in May, about the investigation into some of his associates’ ties to Russia.

Comey is testifying Thursday in an open hearing in the morning and in a closed session in the afternoon.

Comey Calls Trump Out on ’Lies’ About FBI
President repeatedly told Comey he was ‘doing a great job’

Former FBI Director James Comey arrives to testify before the Senate Intelligence Committee on Thursday. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Former FBI Director James B. Comey, speaking publicly for the first time since his abrupt dismissal, fired back at the Trump administration, saying the president’s allegations that the bureau was in disarray and poorly led “were lies, pure and simple.”

In front of a packed hearing room and live television audience, Comey provided a detailed account of his interactions with President Donald Trump, the concerns those conversations generated among senior FBI leaders, and the president’s possible interference in the bureau’s Russia investigation.

Here Are the 8 Republicans and 7 Democrats Questioning Comey
John McCain and other ex-officio members could make special appearance

Former FBI Director James B. Comey will testify before the Senate Intelligence Committee on Thursday. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

James B. Comey is undeniably the star of the show Thursday, when he comes to the main hearing room in the Hart Senate Office Building for his first public testimony since President Donald Trump fired him as FBI director a month ago. But the eight Republican and seven Democratic senators on the Select Intelligence Committee have highly important roles.

That’s because their questioning will go a long way to shaping whether the national television audience views the congressional investigation of Russian meddling in last year’s election as thorough and serious — or just more partisan posturing.