Attorney General Jeff Sessions has the full support of the White House, according to press secretary Sean Spicer, who said that the former Armed Services Committee senior member should ignore calls to resign for not disclosing conversations he had with Russian officials.
"There's nothing to recuse himself," Spicer said during an interview with "Fox & Friends" that aired on March 2.
Sessions spoke twice in 2016 with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak but did not mention the interactions during his Jan. 10 Senate Judiciary Committee confirmation hearing, reports The Washington Post.
"I'm not aware of any of those activities," the nominee said at the time when asked what he would do if he discovered that anyone associated with President Donald Trump's campaign spoke to Russian officials during the 2016 election bid, notes The Washington Post. "I have been called a surrogate at a time or two in that campaign and I did not have communications with the Russians."
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When asked again in writing whether he had communicated with anyone connected to the Russian government regarding anything to do with the election, Sessions simply answered, "No."
"[I] never met with any Russian officials to discuss issues of the campaign," Sessions later explained in a statement issued on March 1. "I have no idea what this allegation is about. It is false."
Spicer sided with the attorney general, saying that he "did his job" during the hearing.
"He was asked very pointedly whether or not there had been any contact with the Trump campaign in the capacity of him being a surrogate," Spicer said, according to Fox News. "There was not. He was 100 percent straight with the committee."
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Sessions first spoke with Kislyak in July with a small group of ambassadors who had attended a Heritage Foundation event during the Republican National Convention. The second known conversation took place in September, when Kislyak and other ambassadors met with Sessions in his office regarding his role in the Senate Armed Services Committee, Justice Department officials confirmed.
"The testimony and the question he was asked was whether or not he was aware of Trump campaign officials doing something in their capacity as campaign officials and information he had gotten passed," Spicer explained. "That answer is consistently 'no.' He made a statement that was 100 percent accurate and he stands by that. ... I think the people choosing to play partisan politics with this should be ashamed of themselves."