Washington – US President Donald Trump is all guns blazing at the Democrats over their demands asking for resignation of US Attorney General Jeff Sessions. Trump has even gone to the extent as calling the action of Democrats as a “total witch hunt.”
The Attorney General said last week that he will rescue himself from any probe into the presidential election campaign as the White House moved to forestall a snowballing controversy over its ties to Russia. Sessions continues to deny any impropriety or that he lied about those encounters with Russian official in his Senate confirmation hearing.
Trump has iterated that he has “total” confidence in Sessions, but also added that he ‘wasn’t aware’ of contacts between Ambassador Sergey Kislyak and Sessions. Trump defended Sessions stating that he is an “honest man” and accused Democrats of having “lost their grip on reality” and carrying out “a total witch hunt!”
Sessions “did not say anything wrong. He could have stated his response more accurately, but it was clearly not intentional.”
Sessions has given a complete account of events, but top Democrats continue to stand by their calls asking for Sessions’ resignation on the grounds that he has committed perjury. Democrats are also demanding for an independent prosecutor to investigate contacts between the Trump campaign and Moscow, which US intelligence says interfered in the election to hurt Trump’s Democratic rival Hillary Clinton.
Adam Schiff, a Democratic ranking member of the House Intelligence Committee, rejected Sessions`s claim that his contacts with Kislyak were unrelated to his work with the Trump campaign as “simply not credible.”
According to officials, US intelligence agencies and the Federal Bureau of Investigation continue to investigate just how and how much Moscow intruded into US politics, and whether that effort — which US intelligence chiefs say was directed by President Vladimir Putin — involved collusion with the Trump campaign.
Four congressional committees have opened probes into the issue, although Democrats fear that Republicans will seek to bury their investigations to protect Trump’s young administration.
Two weeks ago, Trump’s newly appointed national security advisor Michael Flynn was forced to resign amid controversy over his discussions with Kislyak in late December, when the Obama administration was hitting Moscow with retaliatory sanctions and expulsions for its election interference.
Sessions on Thursday clarified that his denial referred to contacts made on behalf of the campaign. He said he met Kislyak in his capacity as a senator, and discussed mainly global politics with him.
Nevertheless, after reviewing ethics rules for his office, he said: “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.”
The New York Times reported two weeks ago, citing US intelligence sources, that three Trump campaign staff had communicated with Russian intelligence officers over the past year.
The White House labeled that report “false” and has accused Democrats, the media and the intelligence community of a political effort to undermine the Trump administration.