Trump Blasts Focus On Sessions’ Russian Contacts: It’s A ‘Witch Hunt!’

AP

After Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Thursday said he would recuse himself from any probe into the Trump campaign’s ties to Russia, President Donald Trump issued a statement dismissing the attention paid to Sessions’ meetings with the Russian ambassador during the 2016 campaign.

“Jeff Sessions is an honest man. He did not say anything wrong. He could have stated his response more accurately, but it was clearly not intentional,” Trump said in a statement.

“This whole narrative is a way of saving face for Democrats losing an election that everyone thought they were supposed to win. The Democrats are overplaying their hand. They lost the election and now, they have lost their grip on reality,” he added. “The real story is all of the illegal leaks of classified and other information. It is a total witch hunt!”

During a press conference on Thursday afternoon, Sessions addressed his meetings with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak and maintained that he did not discuss the campaign with Russian officials. He said that his comments about contact with Russian officials in response to a question at his confirmation hearing was “honest and correct as I understood it at the time.”

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