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Sessions will recuse himself on matters related to campaign

Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced Thursday he will recuse himself from investigations related to the campaign for president.

Sessions met with the top Russian diplomat twice last year without disclosing the meetings during his confirmation hearings.

Sessions' statement:

During the course of the confirmation proceedings on my nomination to be Attorney General, I advised the Senate Judiciary Committee that ‘[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.

During 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.

Having 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.

I have taken no actions regarding any such matters, to the extent they exist.

This announcement should not be interpreted as confirmation of the existence of any investigation or suggestive of the scope of any such investigation.

Consistent with the succession order for the Department of Justice, Acting Deputy Attorney General and U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia Dane [sic] 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

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