Statement of Democracy 21 President Fred Wertheimer

Attorney General Jeff Sessions must recuse himself from the investigation being conducted by the FBI and intelligence agencies into Russia’s intervention into our 2016 presidential campaign and into the activities of former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn.

Sessions has no justifiable basis to participate in these investigations or in any Justice Department actions that may be taken as a result of the investigations.

Senator Jeff Sessions was the first Senator to endorse Donald Trump’s candidacy and served as one of his principal advisers throughout the Trump presidential campaign.

Steve Bannon, President Trump’s chief strategist in the White House, reportedly described Sessions as the “fiercest, most dedicated, and most loyal promoter in Congress of Trump’s agenda.”

In making Sessions his first cabinet nominee, Trump said he was “a world-class legal mind and considered a truly great Attorney General and U.S. Attorney in the state of Alabama.”

Sessions said in being nominated for Attorney General that he looked “forward to fulfilling his duties with an unwavering dedication to fairness and impartiality.”

“Unwavering dedication to fairness and impartiality” demands that Attorney General Sessions recuse himself from the Russia and Flynn investigations. As a central player in the Trump presidential campaign, Sessions has neither the public credibility nor the independent judgment required to lead an investigation involving the Trump presidential campaign.