Jeff Sessions is excusing himself from this drama!
Donald Trump‘s new Attorney General held a surprise press conference Thursday after reports surfaced he allegedly lied under oath during his Senate confirmation hearing.
The Justice Department said Sessions spoke with a Russian ambassador TWICE during the presidential campaign — which the politician denied multiple times.
These reports prompted Democrats and Republicans to urge the former Alabama Senator to recuse himself from the current FBI investigation into Russia’s involvement during the election.
And to everyone’s pleasant surprise, that’s exactly what he did!!
During Thursday’s presser, Sessions reiterated that he “never had meetings with Russian operatives or Russian intermediaries during the Trump campaign.”
But unlike anything we’ve seen from Trump’s administration so far, Sessions acknowledged it was best to remove himself from the investigation regarding Russia’s influence on the campaign — or any campaign-related matter!
Following through on his promise at his confirmation hearing, Sessions effectively recused himself from the investigation, declaring:
“I have recused myself in the matters the deal with the Trump campaign.”
Well, there you go. We guess he really wants to keep this job!
Read his full statement (below):
“During the course of the confirmation proceedings on my nomination to be Attorney General, I advised the Senate Judiciary Committee that ├óΓé¼╦£[i]f a specific matter arose where I believed my impartiality might reasonably be questioned, I would consult with Department ethics officials regarding the most appropriate way to proceed.’
During the course of the last several weeks, I have met with the relevant senior career Department officials to discuss whether I should recuse myself from any matters arising from the campaigns for President of the United States.
Having concluded those meetings today, I have decided to recuse myself from any existing or future investigations of any matters related in any way to the campaigns for President of the United States.
I have taken no actions regarding any such matters, to the extent they exist.
This announcement should not be interpreted as confirmation of the existence of any investigation or suggestive of the scope of any such investigation.
Consistent with the succession order for the Department of Justice, Acting Deputy Attorney General and U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia Dane Boente shall act as and perform the functions of the Attorney General with respect to any matters from which I have recused myself to the extent they exist.”
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