US Attorney General Jeff Sessions recuses himself from Russia probe
US Attorney General Jeff Sessions has recused himself from any investigation into his alleged links with the Russian officials during the 2016 presidential elections.
"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 US," Sessions said in a statement.
The top prosecutor also said that he did not lie when he testified at a January confirmation hearing that he had ‘no communications with the Russians’.
His remarks came after President Donald Trump said that he had ‘total confidence’ in Sessions and he should not recuse himself from the Russian probe. However, Sessions decided against Trump's wish.
"This announcement should not be interpreted as confirmation of the existence of any investigation or suggestive of the scope of any such investigation," Sessions said.
"Consistent with the succession order for the Department of Justice, Acting Deputy Attorney General and US 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," he added.
Sessions said that during the course of the confirmation proceedings on his nomination to be the US Attorney General, he advised the Senate Judiciary Committee that ‘if 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 US," Sessions said.
Meanwhile, Democrats have reiterate their demand of Sessions’ resignation after it emerged he met Moscow's envoy during last year's White House race.