Attorney General held a press conference Thursday afternoon, in response to the allegations swirling in the media about two meetings with Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak last year.
Sessions stated, “About the comments that I made to the committee that have been said to be incorrect and false, let me be clear: I never had meetings with Russian operatives or Russian intermediaries about the Trump campaign, and the idea that I was part of a ‘continuing exchange of information during the campaign between Trump surrogates and intermediaries for the Russian government is totally false.”
“That is the question that Senator Franken asked me at the hearing, and that’s what got my attention, as he noted, it was just breaking news. And it got my attention, and THAT is the question I responded to,” Sessions said.
“I did not respond by referring to the two meetings – one, very brief after a speech, and one with two of my senior staffers with the Russian ambassador, where no such things were discussed.”
Sessions pledged that he will recuse himself from any federal investigation of Russian involvement in the presidential election, because of his involvement with the Trump campaign. He said he had already met with ethics lawyers, and concluded that, “I should not be involved in investigating a campaign I had a role in.”
Watch his full comments and responses to questions below.
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