House Leader McCarthy: Timing of Sessions-Russia Story Is 'Amazing'
House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) said this morning that the new report of contacts between Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Russia represents "amazing" timing.
The Washington Post reported Wednesday night that the former senator, an early adviser to the Trump campaign, spoke twice last year with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak, but did not disclose those conversations when asked by senators in his recent confirmation hearings.
McCarthy denied an earlier report that he had suggested Sessions should recuse himself from the investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 election.
WATCH: House Majority Leader Rep. Kevin McCarthy suggests AG Sessions recuse himself from any Russia investigation https://t.co/fONZtCsRqy
— MSNBC (@MSNBC) March 2, 2017
McCarthy said he was simply agreeing with Sessions' own words, in which the AG said he would recuse himself where it's appropriate to do so.
"It's amazing how this story comes out right after a great speech by this president, and the timing. In his role as senator, he's gonna meet with a lot of ambassadors. That's his job. He wasn't working for the campaign at any given time," he said, calling on Sessions to clarify his answers to the Senate.
McCarthy said Sessions answered the question of whether he met with Russian officials "on behalf of the campaign."
Meantime, House Oversight Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) is calling on Sessions to recuse himself.
AG Sessions should clarify his testimony and recuse himself
— Jason Chaffetz (@jasoninthehouse) March 2, 2017
The committee's ranking Democrat, Rep. Elijah Cummings, has called on Sessions to resign.
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