After news broke last night around 10:00pm that Attorney General Jeff Sessions lied under oath about meetings he had with a Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak Sessions has officially recused himself from any Justice Department investigations into Russian influence in the 2016 presidential election. This also includes any inquiries into ties between the Donald Trump campaign and Russian officials.
At a 4:00pm press conference at the DOJ Sessions said...
“I have now decided to recuse myself from any existing or future investigations of any matter relating in any way to the campaign for president of the United States. This announcement should not be interpreted as confirmation of the existence of any investigation or suggestive of the scope of any such investigation.”
Going forward, Acting Deputy Attorney General Dana Boente will handle all campaign-related investigations. Trump’s permanent nominee for the post, Rod Rosenstein, has a confirmation hearing on March 7.
Here is Sessions’ full statement...
“During the course of the confirmation proceedings on my nomination to be Attorney General, I advised the Senate Judiciary Committee that ‘[i]f a specific matter arose where I believed my impartiality might reasonably be questioned, I would consult with Department ethics officials regarding the most appropriate way to proceed.’ “During the course of the last several weeks, I have met with the relevant senior career Department officials to discuss whether I should recuse myself from any matters arising from the campaigns for President of the United States. “Having concluded those meetings today, I have decided 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. “I have taken no actions regarding any such matters, to the extent they exist. “This announcement should not be interpreted as confirmation of the existence of any investigation or suggestive of the scope of any such investigation. “Consistent with the succession order for the Department of Justice, Acting Deputy Attorney General and U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia Dane Boente shall act as and perform the functions of the Attorney General with respect to any matters from which I have recused myself to the extent they exist.”
Now comes the resignation watch.