Published March 02, 2017 | FoxNews.com
Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced Thursday he will recuse himself from “any existing or future investigations” regarding the 2016 presidential campaign, while pushing back forcefully on allegations he misled Congress in past statements about contacts with Russia.
The attorney general held a press conference as he sought to calm the political firestorm over revelations he spoke twice with Russia’s ambassador last year despite telling senators during his confirmation hearing he had no “communications” with Moscow.
Sessions defended his answer as “honest and correct,” suggesting he was referring only to discussions about the campaign.
“I never had meetings with Russian operatives or Russian intermediaries about the Trump campaign,” he said.
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But Sessions also responded directly to lawmakers on both sides of the aisle who have called for him to recuse himself from a federal investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 campaign.
“I have recused myself in the matters that deal with the Trump campaign,” Sessions said Thursday.
Earlier Thursday afternoon, President Trump said he has “total” confidence in Sessions, though he said he was not aware of the AG’s meetings.
Sessions held the press conference as his former Capitol Hill colleagues battled fiercely over the significance of the Russia revelations.
The two top-ranking Democrats – House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer – both demanded Sessions’ resignation. Other Democrats said he should at least recuse himself from a federal investigation on Russia.