Jason Chaffetz, who called on the attorney general to recuse himself from probes into the Trump campaign's alleged Russia connections.

Sessions did just that hours later, but Spicer said it was entirely unnecessary. Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) that Sessions should recuse himself:'Look, there’s nothing to recuse himself' over, Spicer said.

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The president also said he had no idea that Sessions had met with the Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak twice during the campaign.

After Sessions made his stunning announcement, Trump released a statement saying, 'Jeff Sessions is an honest man. He could have stated his response more accurately, but it was clearly not intentional.'The the president attacked Democrats.

Just hours after revelations that he didn't tell Congress about his meetings with the Russian ambassador to the U.

S., he announced he was recusing himself from all investigations connected to the presidential election.

'This whole narrative is a way of saving face for Democrats losing an election that everyone thought they were supposed to win. They lost the election and now, they have lost their grip on reality.

The real story is all of the illegal leaks of classified and other information. 'Not quitting: Jeff Sessions said he would sit out any decision on prosecutions which could arise from current investigations into whether Russia meddled in the election - but that he had not lied to the Senate President Donald Trump says he has 'total' confidence in his attorney general and does not think he should recuse himself from Justice Department investigations involving Russia - but offered a lukewarm endorsement of his truthfulness Sessions said his statement during his confirmation hearing, when he said he hadn't met with any Russian government officials, was 'honest and correct as I understood it at the time.'He said he would write the Senate Judiciary Committee to amplify his answer.'This announcement should not be interpreted as confirmation of the existence of any investigation or suggestive of the scope of any such investigation,' Sessions said in a statement.

I did not accept that, and that never occurred.'Sessions indicated that when it came up at his hearing, it didn't occur to him to mention his meetings with the ambassador.

'I don't recall and don't have a sense of any connection whatsoever about that,' he said.

That answer is consistently no.' 'He was aware of it. They called his decision to recuse 'good' and 'honorable.' 'While I don’t believe the Attorney General acted improperly in his Senate confirmation hearing, I do believe that transparency and trust require even the appearance of a conflict of interest be avoided,' GOP Congressman Raul Labrador said.

'I commend him for his quick actions to preserve the trust of all Americans in the impartiality of their justice system.'Montana Sen.

He won accolades for keeping Stryker's performance steady as the market for orthopedics stalled amid federal probes and the economic downturn.