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>> A growing chorus of Republicans calling on Attorney General Jeff Sessions to recuse himself from any probe of Russian meddling in the 2016 elections. After revelations, Sessions himself met with Russia's ambassador last year and failed to disclose at his senate confirmation hearing.>> I have been called a surrogate at a time or two in that campaign and I did not have communications with the Russians.
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>> Senators Jeff Flaken and Rob Portman quickly joining a lineup including House Oversight Chairman Jason Chaffetz.>> I do think he should recuse himself, absolutely.>> As the bombshell first reported by the Washington Post reverberated, the two top Democrats in Congress, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi went further.
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>> Attorney General sessions should resign.>> He has proved that he is unqualified and unfit.>> The Washington Post said Sessions met with Russian ambassador, Sergey Kislyak, is September. In his office at the height of what US intelligence officials say was a Russian cyber campaign to disrupt the American Presidential election.
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Justice Department correspondent, Julia Edwards Ansley.>> So if Session's had a meeting at that time, of course questions are going to come up of whether or not Russian hacking or interference with the US election was on the table.>> His office saying Sessions had met with Kislyak as part of his normals duties as a Senator.
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House Speaker Paul Ryan also weighing in whether Sessions should recuse himself.>> If he himself is the subject of an investigation of course he would but, if he's not I don't see any purpose or reason to doing this.>> Sessions has just said that, he would recuse himself if necessary in any investigation.
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Of course, he can't say specifically if he's recusing himself from this investigation because it would acknowledge that there's an investigation at all. The department of justice and FBI asper their usual protocol will not come out and say that there is an investigation interconnections between Trump and Russia.>> The revelations on sessions coming after Trump fired his first national security advisor Michael Flynn last month after he discussed US sanctions with the ambassador before the new administration was sworn in, and misled vice president Mike Pence about it.
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Schumer and Pelosi also calling for a special prosecutor to launch an independent investigation into ties between Trump's campaign and Russia.