Newly appointed Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced Thursday that he would recuse himself from any investigation into charges that Russia interfered with the 2016 presidential campaign.
The decision came after Sessions received backlash from both parties after he failed to disclose that he met with a Russian ambassador to the U.S. during his confirmation hearings to become attorney general. Sessions spoke briefly in a news conference called by the Department of Justice where he said he was following the recommendation of department ethics officials after an evaluation of rules showing their might be a conflict.
The announcement comes just days after the Washington Post revealed that Sessions twice met with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak during the campaign and did not disclose that to the Senate Judiciary Committee during his confirmation hearing in January.
Many top democrats demanded the Sessions resign following the controversy, while some republican were calling for Sessions to recuse himself since his from the investigation into the election since his involvement has not been fully explained.
President Donald Trump was furious that Sessions recused himself. “He could have stated his response more accurately, but it was clearly not intentional,” he said in a statement, which accused Democrats of engaging in “a total witch hunt.”