Sessions: Recusal Not At All An Admission Of Wrongdoing, Simply Following Rules


Intelligence Committee Chairman Richard Burr asks Attorney General Jeff Sessions to clarify why he recused himself from involvement with any investigations into the Trump campaign or foreign interference in the 2016 election. Sessions was an active surrogate for Mr. Trump and the first sitting senator to endorse the longshot candidate, months before it seemed possible he could win. Sessions' former advisor, Stephen Miller is now one of the president's top foreign policy advisors and speechwriters.

Sessions quotes from the Code of Federal Regulatons, which govern the Department of Justice, specifically 28.CFR-045.2: "Unless authorized, no employee shall participate in a criminal investigation or prosecution if he has a personal or political relationship with any person involved in the conduct of an investigaiton."

"It goes on to say: 'For political campaigns.' And it says if you have a close identification with a political official or candidate arising from experience as a princpal advisor, you should not participate in an investigation of that campaign," Sessions explaioned. "So many have suggested that my recusal is because I felt I was a subject of the investigation myself, that I may have done something wrong, but this is the reason I recused myself. I felt I was required to under the rules of the Deparmemnt of Justice."

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