President Donald Trump’s senior lieutenant, John Kelly, will appear before the House Intelligence Committee on Wednesday to face questions about his contacts with Russian officials during the 2016 presidential election.
Kelly will answer questions about the Trump campaign’s relationship with Russia, which he said he didn’t know about.
The first appearance for Kelly will come as he seeks to defend his handling of an April 2016 meeting between Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin.
Trump’s senior adviser on Russia, Carter Page, has also been called to testify.
The House Intelligence panel is set to hold its first public hearing on Russia-related matters on Wednesday.
Democrats and Republican lawmakers are expected to grill Kelly about a series of contacts between Trump aides and Russian officials, including the March 2016 meeting at Trump Tower.
Kelly told The Associated Press he doesn’t recall discussing the meeting with Putin.
Kelly’s testimony comes as Democrats are pressing Trump and Democrats on other issues, including probes of Russia’s election meddling and Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election, including whether Trump or his associates colluded with Russia.
In addition to the March 4 meeting, Trump has denied any collusion and is seeking a full investigation into Russian interference and possible collusion between his campaign and Moscow.
The Trump administration has defended the president’s campaign, including his response to the April meeting, saying it was a private call between the two leaders.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.