Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced his intent to recuse himself from any investigations into the Donald Trump presidential campaign after a report detailed meetings with Russian government officials last year.
Sessions said in a press conference at the Department of Justice Thursday that his staff recommended he recuse himself and that, “I believe those recommendations are right and just.” He added:
“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."
“This announcement should not be interpreted as confirmation of the existence of any investigation or suggestive of the scope of any such investigation," Sessions' statement also noted.
However, more than 100 Democratic lawmakers called for Sessions to completely resign on Thursday, including Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.).
Acting Deputy Attorney General and U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia Dane Boente will assume Sessions' duties in regard to the investigations he will no longer be a part of.