The Attorney General Jeff Session has finally come forth to confront a decision that led to his recusal from his department’s probe into Moscow’s interference in the 2016 election. Mr. Sessions has defended the decision that he made not mention his talks with the Russian ambassador to the U.S. while he was under oath in his confirmation hearing.
Sessions has indicated that his answer was correct, in a letter that he wrote to the Senate Judiciary Committee that he used to clarify his testimony. Mr. Sessions said that he was addressing a specific question that posed to him by Sen. Al Franken during his hearing about the ongoing talks between Trump’s associates and the Russian government representatives.
The Attorney General wrote that he did not mention communications that he had with the Russian ambassador over the years since the question did not ask about them.
Mr. Sessions did not address his answer to Sen. Patrick Leahy, who had asked in a questionnaire whether the Attorney General had been in contact with anyone connected to any part of the Russian government about the 2016 election in the period before or after the election. In response, Mr. Session refuted
The Attorney General pointed out in his letter that he does not recall having any discussions with the Russian ambassador, or any other representative of the Russian government concerning the campaign.
A major fire storm was sparked in Washington after The Washington Post Revealed Session’s confirmation hearing answers about his previously undisclosed talks with Russian ambassador. The unfortunate turn of events led to Sessions’ recusal from any election-related investigations.
Sessions’ decision is alleged to have angered President Trump who felt that Sessions did not have to remove himself from the investigation.
The Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley said that he was satisfied with Sessions answers and that he would not call him back to testify on the confirmation hearing. Grassley said that he appreciates Sessions’ quick action to clear up confusion about his statement and that he looked forward to confirming the team that can help him carry out the department functions.