Read the full DOJ statement on the recusal of Attorney General Jeff Sessions

Attorney General Jeff Sessions issued a statement Thursday saying he will recuse himself from any investigations related to the presidential campaign following backlash over his contacts with Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak. Attorney General Jeff Sessions will recuse himself from any probe related to 2016 presidential campaign

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
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THURSDAY, MARCH 2, 2017
(202) 514-2007
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ATTORNEY GENERAL SESSIONS STATEMENT ON RECUSAL
WASHINGTON a Attorney General Jeff Sessions today issued the following statement:
aDuring the course of the confirmation proceedings on my nomination to be Attorney
General, I advised the Senate Judiciary Committee that a[i]f a specific matter arose where I
believed my impartiality might reasonably be questioned, I would consult with Department
ethics officials regarding the most appropriate way to proceed.a
aDuring the course of the last several weeks, I have met with the relevant senior career
Department officials to discuss whether I should recuse myself from any matters arising from the
campaigns for President of the United States.
aHaving concluded those meetings today, I have decided to recuse myself from any
existing or future investigations of any matters related in any way to the campaigns for President
of the United States.
aI have taken no actions regarding any such matters, to the extent they exist.
aThis announcement should not be interpreted as confirmation of the existence of any
investigation or suggestive of the scope of any such investigation.
aConsistent with the succession order for the Department of Justice, Acting Deputy
Attorney General and U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia Dane Boente shall act as
and perform the functions of the Attorney General with respect to any matters from which I have
recused myself to the extent they exist.a
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