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Jeff Sessions remains confident in Mueller probe’s integrity

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WASHINGTON, DC - NOVEMBER 01: U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions speaks during a news conference discussing new criminal law enforcement action against China for economic espionage on November 1, 2018 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Zach Gibson/Getty Images)
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  • Recently ousted Attorney General Jeff Sessions told the
    Wall Street Journal he is “confident” in Robert Mueller’s probe
    of the Russian interference in the 2016 presidential
    campaign.
  • But Sessions also said he finds the investigation to be
    “unhealthy” for the country as it drags out over nearly the
    past two years.
  • Sessions once again defended his decision to recuse
    himself from the special counsel investigation.

Recently resigned Attorney General Jeff Sessions said he is
“confident” that the special counsel investigation into Russian
interference in the 2016 presidential campaign — headed by former
FBI Director Robert Mueller — can continue to be handled
appropriately and with justification.”

In an
interview
with the Wall Street Journal published on Thursday,
Sessions expressed confidence in the Mueller probe and noted that
he made the right decision to
recuse himself
from the investigation in March 2017.

Sessions defended the investigation, telling the WSJ that
“the country is committed to this course” but added he finds it
to be “unhealthy” for the nation to have the probe drag on for as
long as it has.

It is not the first time Sessions has opened up about the
justification for his recusal. During a
meeting
 with The Federalist Society, the then-attorney
general said, 
“I think that’s what I had to do.”

And shortly after the investigation began, Sessions

told the Senate Intelligence Committee
that he took the
correct course of action.

“I recused myself, not because of any asserted wrongdoing, or any
belief that I may have been involved in any wrongdoing in the
campaign,” Sessions said, “but because a Department of Justice
regulation … I felt, required it.”

But Sessions’ decision was not without difficulties. President
Donald Trump had
reportedly
pressured Sessions to rethink the recusal on
multiple occasions, citing a desire to be protected by his
cabinet.

Sessions
resigned
on Wednesday, just one day after the midterm
elections concluded. Trump appointed Matthew Whitaker, his chief
of staff, to be acting attorney general.

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