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Sessions quits Russia probe despite Trump’s support

Mar 03, 2017, 4:25 AM EST
U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions faces allegations of "perjury" during confirmation hearing.
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U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced on Thursday that he is recusing himself from an F.B.I. investigation into the alleged Russian interference in America’s 2016 presidential elections. The announcement came amid mounting pressure from Democratic leaders, who demand Sessions’ resignation following reports that he did not disclose his two meetings with Russian ambassador during Trump’s presidential campaign.

President Donald Trump defended his top lawyer, describing him as an “honest man,” who is being victimized in a political “witch hunt,” writes the BBC. Trump admitted that Sessions’ response during the confirmation hearing could have been more accurate while adding that Sessions’ withholding of facts wasn’t intentional.

Tom Perez, chair of the Democratic National Committee and Nancy Pelosi, the Democratic House minority leader, however, showed no signs of letting Sessions off the hook, observes The Guardian. The two politicians termed Sessions’ recusal “totally inadequate,” as they renewed their calls for Attorney General’s resignation.