AG Sessions Recuses Himself From Investigations Of Russian Involvement In Trump Election

As questions mounted, Mr Sessions called a hurried news conference on Thursday to announce he would recuse himself from "any existing or future investigations of any matters related in any way to the campaign for the president of the United States".

Michael McFaul was the USA ambassador to Russian Federation from 2012 to 2014.

Sessions did not confirm that there is an investigation into contacts between Trump's aides and Russian Federation.

Trump, however, stood behind Sessions, one of his earliest supporters.

He is said to have received the Russian in his Senate office in September and also met him in July at a Heritage Foundation event at the Republican National Convention that was attended by about 50 ambassadors.

Sessions previously told the Senate Judiciary Committee under oath that he had not had any "communications with the Russians" during the presidential campaign.

The 66-year-old met with several Trump associates both during and after the campaign, including Mr. Trump's son-in-law Jared Kushner, former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn, and campaign advisors Carter Page and J.D. Gordon.

"I am concerned about a president, under oath, being alleged to have committed perjury", Sessions said, adding, "There are serious allegations that that occurred". Al Franken (D-Minn.) during his confirmation hearings about contact with Russian Federation. "If nothing else we need to put the issue to bed", she said.

Also, never forget that Jeff Sessions hates marijuana.

King reiterated his stance that Sessions should recuse himself but did not call for his resignation.

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Republican senator Rob Portman echoed that, saying: "I think it would be best for him and for the country to recuse himself from the DOJ [Department of Justice] Russia probe".

"There is no longer any question that we need a truly independent commission" to investigate potential ties between Russian Federation and the Trump campaign, Cummings said.

Media captionSenator Chuck Schumer: "Because the Department of Justice should be above reproach".

Since his nomination to serve as attorney general, Jeff Sessions has been subjected to a deluge of partisan attacks, nearly all of which have been meritless. Any other investigation, be it from Congress or the Justice Department, risks being tainted by politics. These revelations make Sessions the sixth prominent Trump confidante to have ties to Russian officials.

"Did you consult with the White House about your decision?" another reporter asked.

In January, Sessions denied to the Senate Judiciary Committee that he had any "communications with Russians".

One of the meetings, The Post reported, was a private conversation between Sessions and Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak.

It was the second time Kislyak has emerged at the center of the Russian Federation controversies.

Remember way back when (last month) when national security adviser Michael Flynn resigned following reports that he was communicating with Russian Federation and lied about it to Vice President Mike Pence?

White House spokesman Sean "Spicy Facts" Spicer as usual told the press that this is much ado about nothing, because having a lying attorney general really isn't unexpected when you have a lying president.

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