After calls from both Republican and Democratic members of Congress, Attorney General Jeff Sessions has announced he will recuse himself from any Department of Justice investigations looking into Russian interference in the recent 2016 Presidential election.
From Huffington Post:
“I have now decided to recuse myself from any existing or future investigations of any matter relating in any way to the campaign for president of the United States,” Sessions said at a press conference at the DOJ. “This announcement should not be interpreted as confirmation of the existence of any investigation or suggestive of the scope of any such investigation, because we in the Department of Justice resist confirming or denying the very existence of investigations.”
Acting Deputy Attorney General Dana Boente will step into Sessions’ role for any election-related investigations, Politico’s Eric Geller reported.
On Wednesday, the Washington Post reported that Sessions met with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak two times last year. Since then, the attorney general has faced growing bipartisan demands from Congress that he recuse himself from the investigations.