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More Republicans say AG should recuse himself

2 months 3 weeks 2 days ago March 02, 2017 Mar 2, 2017 Thursday, March 02 2017 March 02, 2017 8:34 AM in News
Source: Associated press

WASHINGTON - A Republican committee chairman says Attorney General Jeff Sessions should recuse himself from an investigation into Russian interference in the U.S. election.

Utah's Jason Chaffetz chairs the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee. He tells MSNBC that Sessions "is going to need to recuse himself at this point."

The Justice Department has confirmed Sessions talked twice with Russia's ambassador to the United States during the presidential campaign, a seeming contradiction to sworn statements he gave to Congress.

Chaffetz told MSNBC that Sessions "should further clarify."

Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill of Missouri called on Sessions to resign, and Democratic Sen. Patrick Leahy of Vermont said he should recuse himself.

Other Senate Republicans are rallying around Sessions, saying they trust him and that it's up to Sessions whether to recuse himself.

Sen. Richard Burr of North Carolina chairs the Senate Intelligence Committee. He says, "I trust Jeff Sessions to make that decision."

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