On March 2, Attorney General Jeff Sessions recused himself from investigations relating to political campaigns following calls from Congressional Democrats to resign. New reports showed that Sessions had been in touch last year with Russian officials in his previous capacity as a US Senator from Alabama. During his testimony to the Judiciary Committee last month during his confirmation hearings, Sessions stated that he had not had contact with Russians. The Washington Post published an article on Wednesday cut up the transcript of Sessions' appearance before the Senate Judiciary Committee, leading to an impression that he had withheld information about his contacts with Russians.
Since then, various progressive groups and Democrats, including Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer have called for Sessions to resign. Congressman Brendan Boyle (D-PA) also called for Sessions' resignation and claimed that supposed contacts by the Trump organization with Russian officials before the election is an issue that is "bigger the Watergate."
Attorney General Jeff Sessions today issued the following 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 Dana 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.”