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About 5 1/2 hours after Sessions' news conference, Trump posted four back-to-back tweets on Twitter. "This whole narrative is a way of saving face for Democrats losing an election that everyone thought they were supposed to win. They lost the election and now, they have lost their grip on reality. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., said he wants to learn more about the alleged Russian contact -- particularly why it wasn't revealed by Sessions during his confirmation hearing.The real story is all of the illegal leaks of classified and other information. "Why did he not disclose that when asked specifically about it at the hearing?House Oversight Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, said Sessions "should clarify his testimony," and House Majority Leader Kevin Mc Carthy, R-Calif., said it "would be easier" to investigate the alleged contact between Sessions and Russian officials if he was not part of the inquiries."I think, the trust of the American people, you recuse yourself in these situations," Mc Carthy said.Sessions said he plans to "write the Senate Judiciary Committee soon, today or tomorrow, to explain" and clarify his January testimony."At my [Senate] confirmation hearing, I promised that if a specific matter arose where I believe my impartiality might reasonably be questioned I would consult with the [Justice] department ethics officials regarding the most appropriate way to proceed. I did and have done what I promised," he continued."I just think for any investigation going forward, you want to make sure everybody trusts the investigation ...
Sessions announced the recusal Thursday afternoon at the Department of Justice. senator and President Donald Trump's campaign adviser.
Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Thursday announced he will not participate in any federal investigation into allegations the Russian government interceded in November's presidential election.
The attorney general's decision followed news reports Wednesday revealing at least two meetings between him and Russian ambassador Sergey I. Under oath at his confirmation hearings in January, Sessions did not disclose the meetings -- and further testified that he "did not have communications with the Russians." When asked whether he had been in contact with anyone connected to Moscow's government, Sessions said simply, "No." Sessions promised to clarify his confirmation testimony but denied having improper contact with any Kremlin officials during the time period in question.
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REPORT: RUSSIANS USED BRIBES, SOUGHT TO PAD CLINTON CHARITY AMID OBAMA-ERA PUSH TO EXPAND US NUCLEAR FOOTPRINT Asked about the concerns at Wednesday’s hearing, Sessions told Grassley the Justice Department will take “appropriate” actions.