[U.S]–Attorney-General Jeff Sessions has officially given in to critics and recused himself from the FBI investigation on the rumoured involvement of Russia in the 2016 presidential elections.
This comes following major backlash against the Trump administration in the light of a revelation that Sessions had concealed the truth about his communications with Russian officials during the course of elections., when he was asked about it during his confirmation hearing in January.
After the revelation, democrats called for his immediate resignation or retrenchment, claiming his involvement, considering his position, had put the entire investigation in jeopardy.
The White House had then come to his defense, claiming that though he “probably” could have been more honest, he did not tell lies per se during the confirmed action hearing.
According to New York Times, Sessions stood his ground, insisting that there was nothing conspiratorial about his meetings with the Russian ambassador, Sergey I. Kislyak, despite the fact that he did not disclose them to the Senate during his confirmation hearing and they occurred “during the heat of the race between Hillary Clinton,” the Democratic nominee, and Trump, to whom Sessions was serving as an adviser on national security.
On Thursday, he gave an account of one of the meetings, which took place in his Senate office on Sept. 8. Sessions described the Russian ambassador as one of a parade of envoys who seek out lawmakers like him to glean information about American policies and promote the agendas of their governments.
“Somehow, the subject of Ukraine came up,” Mr. Sessions said, recalling that the meeting grew testy after the ambassador defended Russia’s conduct toward its neighbor and heaped blame on everybody else. “I thought he was pretty much of an old-style, Soviet-type ambassador,” Mr. Sessions said, noting that he declined a lunch invitation from Mr. Kislyak.
This is not the first high-profile resignation in the Trump administration.
A few weeks back, former National Security Adviser, Michael T. Flynn recused himself of his position following a scandalous revelation of his own involvement with Russian officials.Please Follow Us @ThePageNg