Judge Nap: Sessions Did The 'Absolute Right Thing' By Recusing Himself
Moments after Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced he recused himself from an FBI probe into possible ties between President Trump's campaign and Russian elements, Judge Andrew Napolitano reacted on "Your World."
"He did the absolute right thing by recusing himself," Napolitano said. "The standard is 'does it look bad...'."
Napolitano said that looking at the full exchange between Sessions and Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) at his confirmation hearing shows the full context of the then-Alabama senator's statements in question.
"It appears that [Sessions] interpreted [Franken's] question to mean 'did you talk to the Russians as a surrogate for the campaign'," Napolitano said, noting that answer would be "no."
The Washington Post first reported that Sessions met twice with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak: once at his Capitol Hill office, and once during a Republican convention event.
Sessions maintained that he did not speak about Trump or the campaign during those situations.
"The public can decide if his answer was truthful," Napolitano said. "This is not the type of case where a person is tried for perjury."
However, he added that a person can be accused of misleading Congress even if he offers true and accurate testimony.
He called it "inconceivable" that Sessions could have, in his Senatorial office setting, asked Kislyak about the presidential campaign.
Napolitano said the Justice Department's contact for the FBI investigation will be Sessions deputy, who is reported to be U.S. Attorney for Maryland Rod Rosenstein.
Rosenstein, however, has yet to be confirmed by the Senate, with a hearing scheduled for next week.