Jeff Sessions Recuses Himself From Federal Investigations

Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced that he would recuse himself from federal investigations into possible ties between the Russian government and President Donald Trump's administration on Thursday.


The announcement came after reports surfaced Wednesday revealing that Sessions held two meetings with the Russian ambassador to the U.S. in July and September 2016 — during which time he served as a surrogate on Trump's presidential campaign. Sessions did not disclose these meetings during his confirmation hearings.

The White House defended Sessions' meetings and said he was "doing his job" in his capacity as a member of the Senate Armed Services committee. But as calls for the attorney general to recuse himself from ongoing FBI investigations — in addition to calls for his resignation — mounted, Sessions agreed to the recusal.


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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," Sessions said at a press conference Thursday. "This announcement should not be interpreted as confirmation of the existence of any investigations or suggestive of the scope of any such investigation."

Though federal law enforcement agencies have turned up evidence of Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election, investigations have not yet found definitive proof of coordination between the Trump campaign and Russia.