Attorney General Jeff Sessions Recuses Himself From Russia Probe After Harsh Criticism

Attorney General Jeff Sessions has recused himself form the Russian probe.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions has recused himself form the Russian probe.

AG Jeff Sessions Steps Down From Role In Russian Probe

Washington, D.C. – Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced on Thursday that he would be recusing himself from the Russia probe after it was revealed that he had met with a Russian ambassador.


During his confirmation hearing, Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn., asked Sessions if he was aware that campaign officials had any contact with Russian government officials. Sessions responded, “I’m not aware of any of those activities.”

On Wednesday, the Washington Post revealed that Jeff Sessions had twice met with a Russian ambassador. This revelation resulted in the Senate democrats calling for Sessions’s resignation for lying.

AG Jeff Sessions has denied that he lied or was misleading, noting that he met with the Russian ambassador as chairman of the National Security Advisory Committee, not as part of the Trump campaign. Despite denying any wrongdoing, Sessions agreed to step down from heading the probe into Russian involvement into the presidential election. Acting Deputy Attorney General Dana Boente will now be heading the investigation.

Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., was on of Ag Jeff Sessions’s harshest critics about his meetings with the Russian ambassador.

“A good prosecutor would have known these facts were relevant to the questions asked,” McCaskill said. “It’s clear Attorney General Sessions misled the Senate — the question is, why? I’ve been on the Senate Armed Services Committee for 10 years, and in that time, have had no call from, or meeting with, the Russian ambassador. Ever.”

“That’s because ambassadors call members of Foreign Relations Committee. Attorney General Sessions should resign.”

McCaskill was force to backpedal on those comments when Charles C. Cooke, of National Review Online, pointed out two separate tweets that McCaskill made talking about her meetings with Russian ambassadors.



When confronted about the tweets, McCaskill said, “The Russian ambassador has never called me. The Russian ambassador has never requested a meeting. I have never met with the Russian ambassador one-on-one. I went to a meeting on adoptions, and he was there. But it was a bunch of senators. And it had nothing to do with the Armed Services Committee.”

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