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U.S. attorney general urged to resign over Russia meetings

Mar 02, 2017, 5:29 AM EST
U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions denies any meeting with Russian officials.
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In the wake of media reports that Donald Trump’s Attorney General Jeff Sessions met Russian ambassador twice during the presidential campaign, Democratic House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi demanded the lawyer to step down and that an independent investigation is launched to probe his ties with Moscow.

Sessions, who did not disclose the conversations while appearing in the confirmation hearing in January, reiterated that he never met any Russian officials to discuss the presidential campaign, writes the BBC.

The White House stood by Sessions, claiming that the fresh allegations were an attempt to chip away at Trump’s Congress speech on Tuesday, which was welcomed by a major section of the media.

The development comes within a month after Trump's National Security Adviser, Michael Flynn, was forced out of office for discussing U.S. sanctions against Moscow with the Russian ambassador, notes The Guardian.