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Trump Backs Attorney General over Russia Phone Talks Controversy

Trump Backs Attorney General over Russia Phone Talks Controversy

WASHINGTON - U.S. President Donald Trump said Thursday he has "total" confidence in Attorney General Jeff Sessions after media reports revealed Sessions had spoken with Russian Ambassador twice during Trump's campaign but didn't tell the Senate hearings for his confirmation.
Ahead of delivering a speech aboard the USS Gerald Ford in Newport News, Virginia, Trump told reporters he "wasn't aware" that Sessions had contact with Sergey Kislyak, the Russian ambassador to the United States.
Asked if Sessions should recuse himself from a Justice Department probe into links between the Trump campaign and Russia, Trump said "I don't think so."
"I have said that, when it's appropriate, I will recuse myself from the investigation," Sessions told MSNBC on Thursday.
Bipartisan pressure for Sessions to resign or step aside from any investigations into Russia's role in the U.S. 2016 elections is mounting as top Democrats at the Capitol, Nancy Pelosi in the House and Chuck Schumer in the Senate, are urging him to depart.
Sessions lied under oath at the Senate hearings, Pelosi said. 
Schumer said the Justice Department should appoint a special prosecutor to examine the case. (Xinhua)