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>> Under a swirl of questions and escalating pressure, attorney general Jeff Sessions on Thursday removing himself from any probe into the 2016 elections.>> I have now decided to recuse myself from any existing or future investigations of any matter, relating in any way, to the campaigns for President of the United States.
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>> The drama playing out after the Washington Post reported Sessions met twice with Russian Ambassador, Sergey Kislyak. Most recently in September, when US intelligence says Russia was deep into a hacking campaign aimed at helping Donald Trump win the election. The report in sharp contrast to the former Senator and Trump campaign advisor's own words at his confirmation hearings in January.
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>> I have been called a surrogate at a time or two in that campaign, and I did not have communications with the Russians. I appreciate that some have taken the view that this was a false comment. That is not my intent, that is not correct.>> Thursday's recusal by Sessions coming in answer to lawmakers from within his own party.
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>> I think he should recuse himself, absolutely.>> But reporter Julia Edwards Ansley says it won't put out the fire.>> He's recused himself from this investigation, but it doesn't mean that he himself couldn't be the subject of the investigation. He's still going to have to answer to critics who say that he should have never taken these meetings, and that he simply did not come forward and disclose that the meetings happened or the nature of them at all.
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>> I never had meetings with Russian operatives or Russian intermediaries about the Trump campaign.>> Sessions appearing after President Trump in Virginia, confirmed his support for Sessions, after top Democrats called on him to resign.>> Mr President, do you still have confidence in the attorney general, sir?>> Total.
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>> The Trump administration hoping to avoid a debacle like the one that befell former National Security Advisor, Michael Flynn, who resigned under pressure, soon after it was revealed he discussed Russia's sanctions with Kislyak, before Trump took over the White House, and mislead Vice-President Mike Pence about it.