U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions said on Thursday that he would recuse himself from any investigations into apparent Russian interfering in the 2016 U.S. presidential election because he was tangled in the Trump campaign.
But Sessions, who was a long-time U.S. senator before becoming the country’s top law enforcement official, said that he did nothing wrong when he didn’t disclose during Senate testimony that he had met last year with Russia’s ambassador.
RUSSIA IN CAMPAIGN
“I have recused myself in the matters that deal with the Trump campaign,” Sessions told reporters in the latest turn of the hullabaloo that is building over connections between Trump associates and Russia that has been a problem since the early days of Trump’s presidency.
U.S. intelligence agencies concluded last year that Russia hacked and leaked Democratic emails during the election campaign as part of an effort to tilt the vote in Trump’s favor. The Kremlin has denied the allegations.
RECUSE vs RESIGN
Sessions made the comments at a hurriedly news conference after several of his fellow Republicans in Congress called for him to recuse himself from investigations and Democrats urged him to resign.
Senate Democratic Leader Charles Schumer (N.Y.) said Thursday that Attorney General Jeff Sessions needs to resign and be investigated by the Department of Justice’s inspector general to conclude whether he blocked an investigation into Russian influence.
“There cannot be even a scintilla of doubt about the impartiality and fairness of the attorney general, the top law enforcement official of the land,” Schumer told reporters at a news conference. “It’s clear Attorney General Sessions does not meet that test. Because the Department of Justice should be above reproach, for the good of the country, Attorney General Sessions should resign.”
BUILDING FOR WEEKS
Schumer, who for weeks has called for Sessions to recuse himself from the Justice Department’s investigation of contacts between Trump campaign and Russian intelligence agents, stepped up his demands after The Washington Post reported Wednesday night that Sessions misinformed Congress about meeting with the Russian ambassador.
There are just too many maneuvering that leads me as a voter to believe the Trump administration is hiding something.
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