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Lan Weijie, former deputy commander of Hubei Military Area Com

WASHINGTON , June 12 (Xinhua) -- In light of former FBI director James Comey's testimony last week, U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions is to testify publicly on Tuesday before Congress, which is expected to be focused on his contacts with Russian officials during last year's presidential campaign.

Sessions requested that the hearing at the Senate Intelligence Committee be public, a Justice Department spokesperson said in a statement.

"The Attorney General has requested that this hearing be public. He believes it is important for the American people to hear the truth directly from him and looks forward to answering the committee's questions tomorrow," the statement read.

Comey told lawmakers at last Thursday's hearing that he knew details that made Sessions's involvement in the FBI Russia probe "problematic."

"We were aware of facts I can't discuss in an open setting that would make his (Sessions') continued involvement in a Russia investigation problematic," Comey said at the hearing.

Comey also reportedly told lawmakers behind closed doors that one of those details included another unreported meeting between Sessions and Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyac.

The attorney general was forced to recuse himself in March from the federal investigation into Russian interference in the U.S. election after media reports that he twice met with Kislyak during the 2016 campaign and did not disclose that to the Senate during his confirmation hearing in January.

Moreover, Democrats are also thought to be keen to press Sessions on his role in Comey's abrupt firing. Trump accepted a recommendation from Sessions and deputy attorney general Rod Rosenstein to fire Comey in May, according to a White House statement issued at the time.

The U.S. president then said that he was thinking of the Russia investigation when firing Comey and made the decision regardless of the recommendation from the two top officials at the Justice Department.

Sessions is the first U.S. senator to show public support for Trump's campaign. The probe over the possible ties between Trump's campaign and Russia is now in the hands of special counsel Robert Mueller for Russia investigation following the Comey dismissal.

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Former top general’s son investigated for ‘violations, offenses’

The announcement on Monday of an investigation into 14 senior military officers suspected of corruption proves that the central government is serious in pursuing the sweeping anti-graft campaign, observers say.

The list includes Guo Zhenggang, the son of Guo Boxiong, former vice chairman of the Central Military Commission (CMC), the People's Liberation Army (PLA) Daily reported on Monday.

Guo Zhenggang, deputy political commissar of the Zhejiang Military Area Command, was put under investigation by the military procuratorate in February for suspected "legal violations and criminal offenses," PLA Daily said.

Guo Boxiong served as the vice chairman of the CMC from 2003 to November 2012.

Guo Zhenggang, 45, was promoted to deputy political commissar of the Zhejiang Military Area Command with the rank of major general in mid-January, Zhejiang Television reported.

Guo Zhenggang's "unexpected" arrest, according to analysts, has broken the previous pattern in the crackdown on corrupt officials.

"Normally a senior officer would not be put under investigation such a short time after his promotion. Guo's arrest has broken the unwritten rule and other corrupt officials can no longer predict the pattern of the corruption crackdown, hence creating even greater pressure," Li Danyang, a research fellow on public administration with the Beijing-based Beihang University, told the Global Times.

Guo's wife, Wu Fangfang, reportedly owned a hardware mall on military-occupied land in Hangzhou, Zhejiang Province, and is accused of fraud, news portal caijing reported Monday.

Wu's company began to sell commercial space in the mall while it was still constructing a five-story building that was supposed to become Hangzhou's largest hardware center. But the building was never completed.

Shop owners allegedly protested outside the Zhejiang Military Area Command in January and demanded a refund, caijing reported.

Yue Gang, a military commentator and retired PLA colonel, told the Global Times that Guo's investigation may be connected to his possible involvement in his wife's business.

"[The arrest of the 14 officers] proves that the authorities have focused their corruption crackdown efforts on senior level officers who had control over the army's finances, logistics, and personnel allocation, and who may use their power for corruption," said Yue.

Besides Guo, Guangzhou Military Area Command's former joint logistics deputy head, Chen Jianfeng, and air force logistics chief, Wang Sheng, were also on the list.

Lan Weijie, former deputy commander of Hubei Military Area Command, was sentenced to life in prison in January for accepting bribes and the illegal possession of firearms.

China's anti-corruption efforts "have no limit or ceiling" and "no one has impunity," said Lü Xinhua, a spokesperson of the third session of the 12th National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference, on Monday.

Li Lei, a professor with the Communication University of China, told the Global Times that the military's announcement through the Internet has proven the military's proactive approach. Sam Darnold Jersey   Russell Wilson Jersey   Rob Gronkowski Womens Jersey   Odell Beckham Jr Youth Jersey   Myles Jack Youth Jersey   Mitchell Trubisky Kids Jersey   Minkah Fitzpatrick Dolphins Jersey   Le'Veon Bell Steelers Jersey   Lamar Jackson Ravens Jersey   Khalil Mack Bears Jersey

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