Sessions vows to recuse himself from Clinton investigations if confirmed as attorney general

If he is confirmed as President-elect Donald Trump’s attorney general, Sen. Jeff Sessions pledged to recuse himself from future investigations of Hillary Clinton.

During a confirmation hearing Tuesday, the Alabama Republican said his comments about Clinton during the “highly contentious campaign” may not appear impartial in future probes of the former secretary of state.

“I do believe that that could place my objectivity in question,” Sessions responded to a question from Chuck Grassley, Judiciary Committee Chairman.

“I believe the proper thing for me to do would be to recuse myself from any questions involving those kind of investigations involving Secretary Clinton that were raised during the campaign,” he said.

Grassley, the Republican senator from Iowa offered a “follow-up question” in order to “emphasize” the nominee’s response.

“To be very clear, you intend to recuse yourself from both the Clinton email investigation and any matters involving the Clinton Foundation, if there are any?” Grassley asked. He asked again to clarify, referring to when Attorney General Loretta Lynch deferred Clinton matters to FBI Director James Comey last year.

“No, she did not officially recuse and there is a procedure for which I would follow,” Sessions said, assuring the committee that he would follow the formal procedure “I believe that would be the best approach for the country. We can never have a political dispute turning to a criminal dispute.”

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Frieda Powers


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