Attorney General Jeff Sessions has come under fire for his involvement in President Donald Trump's Russian contact (video below).
Sessions recused himself from investigations on March 2 during a press conference when he announced his role in Trump's two pre-election meetings with Moscow's ambassador to the United States.
"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," Sessions told reporters.
"This announcement should not be interpreted as confirmation of the existence of any investigation or suggestive of the scope of any such investigation," he added.
This comes at the heels of accusations that Russia interfered in the 2016 presidential election. CNN reports Sessions' decision to recuse came after he failed to disclose that Trump had met with a Russian official during the election at his Senate confirmation hearing.
"Attorney General Sessions should recuse himself to ensure public confidence in the Justice Department's investigation," said Republican Sen. Susan Collins of Maine.
"I think the attorney general should further clarify his testimony. And I do think he should recuse himself," said Rep. Jason Chaffetz of Utah, the Republican chairman of the House Oversight Committee.
Sessions defended himself against accusations that he delivered "incorrect and false" information about his contact with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak, stating that he was "taken aback" by the line of questioning and in retrospect should have "slowed down" and answered more carefully, according to CBS News.
When asked by reporters whether he believed he discussed political matters with Kislyak, Sessions said he did not recall any meetings with the Russian ambassador outside of the two meetings previously revealed.
"I don't recall any specific political discussions," said Sessions. Adding that ambassadors "are pretty gossipy."
Trump said on March 2 that he had "total" confidence in Sessions following the investigation that he deceived Congress by failing to disclose his pre-election meetings with Kislyak.
When asked by journalists in Virginia if Sessions should recuse himself, Trump said, "I don't think so."
As prominent Republicans break ranks from the Trump administration, Democrats contend that recusal was not enough and that Sessions should step down.
"[That] the top cop in our country lied under oath to the people is grounds for him to resign," Democratic House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi told reporters on March 2. "He has proved that he is unqualified and unfit to serve in that position of trust."