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Sessions Recuses Himself From Any Flynn Investigation

| by Jordan Smith

Attorney General Jeff Sessions will recuse himself from any future investigation concerning retired Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn, President Donald Trump's former national security adviser.

Sessions confirmed this in a NBC News interview April 28.

Flynn was forced out of his job due to his failure to divulge contacts he had with the Russian ambassador to the U.S.

"My recusal deals with the campaign issues," said Sessions, Politico reported. "But I would expect not to be involved in this one."

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Sessions' interviewer followed up by asking, "You would recuse yourself from any decision dealing with Gen. Flynn?"

Sessions responded, "Yeah."

The Attorney General's comments came a day after the Pentagon confirmed it was conducting a formal inquiry into Flynn, who left the Pentagon in 2014, but continued to have security clearance until 2016.

The Pentagon noted that Flynn failed "to obtain required approval" for a speech he gave to RT, a news channel funded by the Russian government, which U.S. intelligence considers to be a propaganda arm of the Kremlin.

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Newly released documents also show that Flynn was warned in 2014 of "criminal sanctions" if he failed to get the necessary approval before providing a service to a foreign government.

As well as his interview with RT, Flynn conducted lobbying work for the Turkish government.

News of the Pentagon's investigation came to light when the House Oversight Committee, which is also investigating Flynn, released a letter it received from Pentagon acting Inspector General Glenn Fine April 11.

Sessions stressed in his April 28 interview that no decision had been taken about Flynn in the Justice Department.

"I really don't know if there's an investigation or should be," added Sessions, according to Politico. "And we don't confirm investigations of -- you know, in the Department of Justice."

Democratic Rep. and HOC member Elijah Cummings of Maryland criticized how the Trump administration is handling the Flynn issue at a press conference April 28.

"I honestly do not understand why the White House is covering up for Michael Flynn. The president fired him for lying about his communications with the Russian ambassador. They should be bending over backwards to cooperate," Cummings said, according to the Guardian.

But Sean Spicer, Trump's press secretary, passed the blame to the administration of former President Barack Obama for having provided Flynn with a security clearance.

"Every individual who came into this White House either applied for a security clearance or had one," explained Spicer. "Everyone in the government goes through the same SF-86 process -- every single person -- and so why would you rerun a background check on someone who was the head of the department of the Defense Intelligence Agency that had and did maintain a high-level security clearance?"

Spicer rejected any suggestion of a cover-up, saying he was "frankly taken aback" by the idea.

Sources: PoliticoGuardian / Photo credit: U.S. Customs and Border Protection/Wikimedia Commons

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