Sessions Recuses Himself From Trump-Russia Investigation

Attorney General Jeff Sessions at his swearing-in ceremony Associated Press

The FBI is part of the justice department and reports to Sessions. "But I've explained it and we're moving forward". This led to a classic George Costanza-like statement from Sessions, in a hastily called afternoon press conference Thursday, that his testimony to the Judiciary Committee was "honest and correct as I understood it at the time". I learned something perhaps in that meeting - I usually did - and so that's what happened.

While the Hillary Clinton campaign says no one there met with the ambassador, he did visit the Obama White House 22 times.

The U.S. and Russian Federation, along with many other countries, have made it a practice to separate their top diplomats from espionage activities, although it is not uncommon for an intelligence agent to operate under the cover of a senior-level diplomat. McCaskill, who sits on the Armed Services Committee, tried to cast suspicion on Sessions' meeting with Kislyak by noting that as a committee member she never met with the Russian ambassador. Sessions' recusing himself came after Democrats and some Republicans pressed him to do so, including the Chair of the House Oversight Committee, Utah Republican Jason Chaffetz.

Indian diplomats have had similar meetings with Trump transition team officials and now with members of the administration, and could have easily done with a few more, but India is not Russian Federation and India has not been accused by the United States of meddling with the presidential election to help one of the nominees win. "It is a total witch hunt!" he added.

"If it's true that Sessions failed to disclose his meeting with Kislyak, he must recuse himself".

"He was asked during the hearing about communications between Russian Federation and the Trump campaign - not about meetings he took as a senator and a member of the Armed Services Committee", Flores told the Post. Certainly he's not the first member of Trump's Cabinet who has been caught lying to Congress. EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt, HHS Secretary Tom Price, and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin also misled Congress.

Flynn was sacked by Trump, who continues to still defend him, after it was revealed he had lied to vice-president Mike Pence about his phone calls with Kislyak, in which he discussed sanctions slapped against Russian Federation by then president Barack Obama for alleged interference in the U.S. elections.

Sessions replied: "I'm not aware of any of those activities". Right now Dana Boente, the U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia, is the unconfirmed, acting deputy attorney general.

Sessions recused himself from such investigations Thursday afternoon.

Donald Trump appears to have pushed for the Republicans to adopt a pro-Moscow policy over Ukraine just as his senior aides with meeting with Russia's US Ambassador.

"This is a constitutional crisis". Trump said in a statement posted on Facebook. Trump said in the statement.

On the liberal Talking Points Memo site, founder Josh Marshall wrote that he didn't yet have a sense of how serious the Sessions story was.

If Nixon had admitted that the White House had ordered the break in, and it was a awful mistake, the subsequent investigation that unravelled his presidency might have gone no further. What this change signifies and what it portends requires unraveling three mysteries, because there are three versions of Trump. The situation is unprecedented.

However, the attorney general or designee has an even broader authority to appoint independent investigations. "Nothing was done on the matter", Machon told RT.

This is in reaction to a revelation made by The Washington Post that Trump's pick for Attorney-General, Jeff Sessions had contacts with Russian officials prior to the November 8, 2016 election.

"It's a shame. What is going on in the Western, particularly in the United States media, is just some manifestation of media vandalism".

They argued, among other things, that Clinton stated falsely that she neither sent nor received emails that were marked classified at the time they were transmitted through the private server.

Several investigations are underway into Russia's alleged interference in the 2016 election - an operation supposedly undertaken to benefit Mr Trump.

"We certainly would not want to in any way intervene in the emotionally charged atmosphere taking place in the United States".

Meanwhile, Dmitry Peskov, Kremlin Spokesman, said: "The negative effect for the idea to organize any dialogue with Russian Federation - yes, probably here - is evident".