Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen, the Republican legislator who represents Verona in Congress, today called on U.S. Attorney General to “clarify” his statements about his contacts with Russia during his confirmation hearing.
“Revelations about the testimony of Attorney General Sessions before the Senate Judiciary Committee have raised a number of serious questions,” Frelinghuysen said via email. “He should immediately clarify his words and his actions and, at the very least, remove himself from any investigations into contacts between the Trump campaign and Putin’s partners and allies in Russia.”
According to Justice Department information conveyed to several news outlets, Sessions, while still serving as a senator from Alabama, spoke twice with Russia’s ambassador to the United States in 2016. Sessions did not disclose these conversations when he was asked during his confirmation hearing about possible contacts between Trump campaign officials and Russia. As attorney general, Sessions now oversees the investigations into Russian involvement with the Trump campaign and the presidential election, and he had, until today declined to recuse himself from those probes. That resolve seemed to crack a bit today, when Sessions told NBC News that he would recuse himself “whenever it’s appropriate”.