Protesters Chant 'Lock Him Up' as Sessions Recuses Himself

Mr Sessions met Russia's ambassador to Washington twice past year, the White House confirmed - seemingly in contradiction of statements that he made in Senate confirmation hearings in January.

Sarah Isgur Flores, a Justice Department spokesperson, said Sessions met with Kislyak in his capacity as a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, and not on behalf of the Trump campaign. "If he was truly there exclusively as a member of the Armed Services Committee, then he could've used his legislative account", Mr.

"I am concerned about a president, under oath, being alleged to have committed perjury", Sessions said, adding, "There are serious allegations that that occurred".

Session spoke to Russia's ambassador to the U.S. Sergey Kislyak during the height of what intelligence officials describe as a Moscow-based cyber campaign to influence the U.S. presidential election.

The New York Times reported two weeks ago, citing U.S. intelligence sources, that three Trump campaign staff had communicated with Russian intelligence officers over the past year.

Of all the foreign representatives who met with Trump officials, only Russian Federation is accused of hacking into Democratic Party emails in an effort to help Trump beat Hillary Clinton in the November election. Sessions was an early Trump supporter and one of his top advisers during the campaign.

In a Thursday afternoon press conference, Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced that he would recuse himself "from any existing or future investigations of any matters related in any way to the campaigns" for president in 2016. "I want to know what happened between the Trump campaign, the Clinton campaign and the Russians", he said at a CNN town hall on Wednesday.

U.S. President Trump used similar language in a Twitter post Thursday about the attacks on Mr. Sessions, who top Democrats have called on to resign over meeting as a senator previous year with Mr. Kislyak. That is after news broke that he failed to tell the whole truth under oath about his meetings with Russian officials. "We need a real, bipartisan, transparent Congressional investigation into Russian Federation". "The meeting was similar to dozens of others that took place over the course of the campaign with representatives of other foreign countries", the White House said. She also said that Kushner has not met with Mr. Kislyak since that meeting.

Kislyak's interactions with Trump's former national security adviser Mike Flynn led to Flynn being fired last month.

Maine's other senator, independent Angus King, had previously called for Sessions to recuse himself and reiterated that stand Thursday, while Republican Rep. Bruce Poliquin of the 2nd District joined his colleagues in calling for recusal.

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