AG Jeff Sessions Recuses Himself from Probe of Russian Election Interference

Senate Votes To Confirm Sen. Jeff Sessions As U.S. Attorney GeneralFacing mounting political pressure on Capitol Hill, attorney general Jeff Sessions announced during a press conference on Thursday that he would recuse himself from the Justice Department’s ongoing investigation into ties between the Trump campaign and the Russian government. “I have decided to recuse myself from any matters arising from the campaigns for President of the United States,” Sessions wrote in a press release.

Sessions’s decision to distance himself from the F.B.I. probe, which falls under the purview of the Justice Department, comes less than 24 hours after The Washington Post reported that the former Alabama senator and early Trump supporter met Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak twice in the months before the election—including a private meeting in his office at the height of accusations that the Kremlin directed a series of cyber-attacks against the Democratic Party—despite him having claimed, under oath during his Senate confirmation hearing, that he did not have contact with Russian officials during that time.

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