Attorney General Jeff Sessions was discovered to have had two undisclosed meetings with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak during the 2016 presidential campaign. Similar actions led to the early resignation of former National Security adviser Michael Flynn.
Congressional Republicans have called for Sessions’ recusal from matters involving Russia, but Democrats have asked that he step down.
White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer responded to the calls for Sessions to resign:
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Spicer said that Sessions was truthful in his hearing when he stated that he was unaware if anyone directly involved with the campaign had had any contact with Russia.
He was 100 percent straight with the committee. He did acknowledge that he met, in his capacity as a United States Senator on the Armed Services Committee, with the ambassador on a couple of occasions. One being after he’d given a speech and someone approached him. And as you’ve seen, senators like Ted Cruz have come out and said that this is a perfectly normal course of business.
The press secretary then accused Democrats of “continuing to push a false narrative for political purposes.”
Sessions revealed on Thursday morning that he was prepared to recuse himself if necessary.