Kremlin agrees with Trump's comments about 'witch-hunt' over contacts with Russian envoy

Kremlin agrees with Trump's comments about 'witch-hunt' over contacts with Russian envoy

President Trump's attorney general, Jeff Sessions, on Thursday recused himself from a looming investigation into Moscow's meddling in the 2016 U.S. election, as more disclosures of sustained pre-election engagements with Russian Federation by Trump surrogates continued to haunt the new administration.

It was not known if Kushner, who is married to Trump's daughter Ivanka and is part of the president's inner circle of officials, could face questions about impropriety similar to those that were raised about Sessions and Flynn's interactions with Kislyak. Some Democrats demanded an investigation into whether Sessions committed perjury.

Sergey Kislyak, Russian Ambassador to the U.S.at United Nations headquarters October 24, 2008 in New York City.

"It was never a thought", Sessions insisted. When asked by them whether he'd had any contact with Russian officials when Trump was running for president, he said he hadn't.

Obama administration officials rushed to ensure intelligence of Russia's suspected election hacking - and possible connections to Donald Trump 's campaign - was preserved after they left office, The New York Times reported.

Grassley declined the request for a public hearing.

"Given the seriousness of this matter, we do not believe that a written submission to correct the record is sufficient", they said in a letter to Grassley on March 3.

However, Sessions had to announce his recusal - withdrawal from a probe due to conflict of interest - hours after support from the White House (whose spokesman Sean Spicer said "there's nothing to recuse himself from") because his version of his meeting with Kislyak fell apart under scrutiny.

He also said Sessions needed to clarify the nature of the meetings.

"To date, Republicans have largely rallied around Trump", Manley said.

Reports about Attorney General Jeff Sessions' two meetings with Russia's US ambassador became a textbook illustration of the vastly different shapes a story takes in today's media world.

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Mr. Allen took that to mean that all the warning signs and unanswered questions surrounding the Trump team's relationship with Russian officials have themselves become a full-on political problem. Now we find out that Attorney General Jeff Sessions might have lied during his confirmation hearing? "I don't recall any specific political discussions".

The other encounter was in July during the Republican National Convention, at a Heritage Foundation event attended by as many as 50 ambassadors.

Exactly three weeks after assuming office, President Donald Trump's pick to lead the Department of Justice was forced to recuse himself from any investigation involving the campaign or its ties to Russian Federation. McCaskill says the photo came from a meeting with the Russians about worldwide adoptions.

"There was absolutely nothing misleading about his answer".

"I have never been told that", Sessions said.

After Sessions testified in Congress the US Justice Department and the White House states that he met with the Russian ambassador in 2016 as a senator and member of the Armed Service Committee.

Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi went further, declaring that "after lying under oath to Congress about his own communications with the Russians, the Attorney General must resign". Also Wednesday night, South Carolina Sen.

On Feb. 13, his first national security adviser, retired Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn, was forced to resign due to evasions concerning the nature and number of his conversations with Russia's ambassador to the US.

Rosenstein, the sole holdover USA attorney from the George W. Bush administration, is widely respected by Democrats and Republicans for his experience working on sensitive cases in the face of political pressure, according to attorneys he has worked with during his almost three decades in the department.

The Russian Ambassador's meetings and talks with USA officials were carried out in full accordance with Article 3 of the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations, stating that diplomatic missions functions include "negotiating with the Government of the receiving State; ascertaining by all lawful means conditions and developments in the receiving State, and reporting thereon to the Government of the sending State". No date was provided. "We can only repeat once again that Russian Federation has never interfered, does not interfere and does not intend to interfere in the internal affairs of other states, and especially in other states' election campaigns", Kremlin Spokesperson Dmitry Peskov told journalists.

"We don't want to and we won't ape" the American approach towards Kislyak, Lavrov said.