Russian Envoy Met with Kushner, Flynn Before Inauguration

Donald Trump's attorney general has said he will stand aside from an investigation into Russian meddling in the U.S. presidential election after it emerged he twice talked with Russia's ambassador to Washington during the campaign. "I have been called a surrogate at a time or two during that campaign and I did not have communications with the Russians and I'm unable to comment on it".

Jason Chaffetz, a Republican who heads the House Oversight Committee, tweeted Thursday morning that Sessions should "clarify his testimony and recuse himself". "Additionally, I have long said that in order to ensure impartiality and objectivity Attorney General Sessions should recuse himself from any Russia-related investigations, and I continue to believe that is the proper course of action".

"This announcement should not be interpreted as confirmation of the existence of any investigation, or suggestive of the scope of any such investigation", Sessions said in the statement.

Al Franken, a Minnesota Democrat, concentrated on Trump team conversations with Russian officials concerning the campaign - his talks with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak had nothing to do with Trump's presidential campaign.

Mr Trump stood by Mr Sessions as the political storm erupted. But Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) said last week: "There is real concern that some in the administration may try to cover up its ties to Russian Federation by deleting emails, texts and other records that could shine a light on those connections".

"[That] the top cop in our country lied under oath to the people is grounds for him to resign", Pelosi said.

"Recusal is not an admission of any wrongdoing", Sessions said. Trump's administration has been scrutinized over its communications with Russian officials. Sessions says he was acting in the capacity of a senator, not as a member of the Trump campaign. What a farce. This is not normal. This is not fake news. "The president has gotten himself into this fix that is very serious". An independent prosecutor must oversee any potential criminal charges.

There is now an ongoing federal investigation in to the full extent of Russia's connection to the election.

A spokeswoman for Sessions said he didn't mislead senators during his confirmation.

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He said that the attacks were unfortunate and unwarranted despite "the frustration and anger should that people might be feeling". South African marcher Aysha Ali, 25, daubed Nigerians "very bad".

Now I want you to imagine Barack Obama is 40 days into his presidency, and that during his campaign he repeatedly and inexplicably praised Russian President Vladimir Putin.

He said, however, he didn't discuss the U.S. presidential campaign with the ambassador.

The letter, dated 2 March 2017, cited news reports, notably those of the Washington Post, documenting meetings between Sessions and Kislyak, one of which took place on 8 September 2016 while the Republican National Convention was underway.

Why, though, Carlson wondered, did former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn's own Russian scandal not raise any red flags with him?

Meanwhile, the ACLU is calling for an investigation into Sessions.

Rep. Sean DuffySean DuffyGOP rep: Sessions should have been "more clear" about meetings Sessions willing to recuse himself from Russian Federation investigation Juan Williams: Can Congress curb Trump? But she is now asking that Sessions to come back before the committee to "get to the bottom of the facts".

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.

President Trump Thursday declared he had "total" confidence in Sessions.


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