Do you think this is going to work? The Dems are not making it easy for the Trump Admin to get anything done. If anyone had done this to the Obama Admin, God have mercy on them. But Trump? Stick it too him, that’s the Dem’s motto.
Attorney General Jeff Sessions removed himself from investigations of Russian interference with the 2016 election and contacts with associates of President Donald Trump related to the campaign, as controversy grew over the former senator’s conversations with the Russian ambassador last year.
“I have decided now 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 Thursday during a news conference in Washington.
His announcement left some issues unresolved. Sessions didn’t recuse himself from probes not directly related to last year’s campaigns, a spokeswoman for the attorney general, Sarah Isgur Flores, said after Sessions spoke. She said Sessions will make decisions on any further recusals on a case-by-case basis.
Such cases could include contacts that Trump associates had with Russian officials, including those of Michael Flynn, who was fired as Trump’s national security adviser for misrepresenting his post-election conversations with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak.
But Sessions won’t be briefed or included in any discussions related to matters for which he is recused, a U.S. official said on condition of anonymity to expand on Sessions’s remarks.
The Sessions controversy is forcing the Trump administration to defend a new front in its battle to deflect or refute allegations that his close associates had unexplained contacts with Russian President Vladimir Putin’s government at the same time Russia was trying to interfere in the 2016 presidential election.
The Justice Department confirmed Wednesday that Sessions spoke twice last year with Kislyak while serving as a prominent supporter and adviser to Trump’s presidential campaign, but said it was as a senator and member of the Armed Services Committee.
Trump in a statement called the controversy surrounding Sessions a “total which hunt” orchestrated by Democrats still smarting over their surprise loss to him in the November election.
“Jeff Sessions is an honest man. He did not say anything wrong. He could have stated his response more accurately, but it was clearly not intentional,” Trump said. “This whole narrative is a way of saving face for Democrats losing an election that everyone thought they were supposed to win. The Democrats are overplaying their hand. They lost the election and now, they have lost their grip on reality.”
Sessions put acting Deputy Attorney General Dana Boente in charge of leading any election-related investigation. Boente previously served as U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia. While Boente was nominated for the Virginia post by former President Barack Obama, Trump’s team chose Boente to serve as acting attorney general after firing Sally Yates, an Obama administration holdover who refused to enforce the president’s controversial travel ban from seven mostly Muslim countries. He has stayed on as acting deputy since Sessions was sworn in to office.