AG Sessions Recuses Himself from Russia Probe Amid Calls to Resign
Mar 04 2017 by Joshua Bennett
Never in recent history has a change of leadership attracted as much attention and speculation as Donald Trump's rise to the USA presidency.
Attorney General Jeff Sessions will submit amended testimony and respond to senators' questions over his contacts with Russia's ambassador past year, a Justice Department spokesman said Friday.
Beyond that, it's hard to see how the Department of Justice can continue to refuse to appoint a special independent prosecutor to investigate Trump's contacts with Russian Federation.
Sessions said on Thursday that during his meeting with Russian AmbassadorSergey Kislyak on Sep. "In every decision he makes - and I've seen him make some very hard ones - the only question he really cares about is what is right and what is just".
Rosenstein, the sole holdover US attorney from the George W. Bush administration, is widely respected by Democrats and Republicans for his experience working on sensitive cases in the face of political pressure, according to attorneys he has worked with during his almost three decades in the department.
Charles C.W. Cooke, editor of the National Review Online, tweeted images of two McCaskill tweets about the Russian ambassador. A meeting page did not deny on MSNBC. The former claim can put a chink in your political credibility, the latter claim can land you in jail. Trump seems intent on transforming the presidency into another source of personal wealth.
What has Sessions himself said about perjury?
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Contrast that with former campaign chairman Paul Manafort, who insisted the campaign did not seek the change in the party platform. Some said he should have revealed the conversations with Kislyak when asked if he had any communications with Russian Federation during the campaign.
Though Trump appeared to acknowledge such an effort in an interview on the same day.
They include Senator Tom Cole of Oklahoma, who said that though he found it impossible to believe that Mr Sessions could have colluded with Russia: "If there is an investigation, he probably shouldn't be the person leading it". "But I was not involved".
Trump administration officials have acknowledged that Kushner and Flynn met the Russian ambassador to US Sergey Kislyak in December at Trump Towers, but characterised the meetings as "introductory" and "kind of an inconsequential hello" that lasted only 10 minutes, according to CNN.
"I personally have been working in the United State so long that I know nearly everybody", he said.
The broadcaster said that Mr Gordon had now revealed that he and others "advocated for the GOP platform to include language against arming Ukrainians against pro-Russian rebels because this was in line with Trump's views".
"I have nothing to do with Russian Federation".
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President Donald Trump and the Kremlin both have dismissed the Democrats' allegations as a "witch hunt".
Those sanctions, imposed by the Obama administration in December, were in response to allegations Russian Federation interfered with the US presidential election.
The controversy has drowned out a wave of positive reviews of Mr Trump's speech at the joint session of Congress on Tuesday.
The liberal site Daily Kos linked a clip of the Sessions testimony under the headline, "Here are the 30 seconds that may end Attorney General Jeff Sessions' career".
"I want to know what the Russians have on Donald Trump", said House minority leader Nancy Pelosi in February. A Washington fixture with a sprawling network, he has emerged as the central figure in the investigations into Trump advisers' connections with Russian Federation. Sessions played a prominent role supporting Trump on the stump after formally joining the campaign in February 2016.
Vice President Mike Pence said, "I'm very confident that our email practices were in full compliance". Just like Hillary Clinton's emails, the drip will turn into a flood.
An investigation is under way into Russia's activities in the U.S, including meddling into the election.
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While his decision will defuse the immediate crisis, it still leaves a nagging sense of crisis at the heart of Mr Trump's White House.