Press Secretary Sean Spicer on Thursday defended embattled Attorney General Jeff Sessions amid reports that Sessions misled senators about two meetings he had last year with Russia’s ambassador to the United States.
“There’s nothing to recuse himself [over], he was 100 percent straight with the committee, and I think people who are choosing to play partisan politics with this should be ashamed of themselves,” Spicer told Fox News Channel’s Abby Huntsman, in an interview scheduled to air Friday morning.
Spicer was responding to bipartisan demands from Congress that the attorney general recuse himself from any Justice Department investigations into ties between the Trump campaign and Russia, or Russian influence in last year’s presidential election.
By midday Thursday, a growing number of lawmakers in both parties were calling on Sessions to remove himself from any Russia investigations. Some Democrats suggested that Sessions had lied under oath to the Senate Judiciary Committee and demanded the attorney general resign.
Spicer’s insistence that there was “nothing” for Sessions to recuse himself over mirrors the White House spokesman’s previous comments suggesting there is nothing to investigate regarding Russia’s influence during the 2016 election.
“I think Russia’s involvement in campaign activity has been investigated up and down,” Spicer said at a daily press briefing earlier this week. “The question becomes, if there is nothing further to investigate, then what are you asking people to investigate?”
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