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In this Feb. 28, 2017, photo, Attorney General Jeff Sessions pauses while speaking at the National Association of Attorneys General annual winter meeting in Washington. Sessions had two conversations with the Russian ambassador to the United States during the presidential campaign. The Justice Department said March 1 that the two conversations took place last year when Sessions was a senator. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Attorney General Jeff Sessions: 'Recusal is not an admission of any wrongdoing'


Hours after Attorney General Jeff Sessions held an impromptu press conference to clarify his contacts with Russian officials during the 2016 presidential election, the former Alabama senator spoke with Tucker Carlson on Fox News.

"I was not meeting with Russian officials on a continuing basis to advance any campaign agenda," Sessions said in a sit-down TV interview on Thursday night. 

When pressed why he decided to recuse himself from Trump-campaign investigations, Sessions responded that it was necessary to be perceived as fairly deciding a case.

"Recusal is not an admission of any wrongdoing" he continued.

A firestorm involving Sessions' contact with Russian officials while serving as a Trump-campaign surrogate erupted Wednesday night after the Washington Post revealed that the attorney general held an undisclosed meeting with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak. The other occurrence, the Justice Department confirmed, took in a group setting with other ambassadors following a Heritage Foundation speech in July.

When asked about his response to Sen. Al Franken in his January Senate confirmation meeting, Sessions said, "I don't believe anybody that was in that meeting would have seen or believed I said one thing that was improper or unwise."

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