EXCLUSIVE: Jeff Sessions talks recusal, President Trump endorsing Tommy Tuberville, and COVID-19

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DOTHAN, Ala. (WDHN) — Former United States Attorney General and U.S. Senate candidate Jeff Sessions is defending his decision to recuse himself from the Russia inquiry.

Recently, Sessions published a letter in several Alabama publications in which he explained his decision to recuse himself from the publicized investigation.

“We just wanted to set the record straight under the regulations under the Department of Justice,” Sessions said. “I had been involved in the Trump campaign, I had an official title in the Trump campaign: Chairman of the National Security Committee. I think I may have been one of the few that did. I also was a witness on what their investigation was and I was also being investigated, too, as being connected to some Russians. That was the reason I could not investigate myself. The regulation is explicit and of course fundamental practice for prosecutors is not to supervise and manage an investigation in which they are a part.”

While campaigning for the U.S. Senate seat, Sessions has supported Trump—despite the president endorsing Sessions’ opponent Tommy Tuberville. According to the former Attorney General, he continues to stand behind the president.

“We had a disagreement over that recusal,” Sessions said. “He felt strongly about it. I felt like I had to do the right thing. I believe that was the right thing. I was compelled by the law to do so. I think it would have been damaging to my ability to lead the department if everybody there knew that I was violating the rule of the department. Secondly, I think it would have been very problematic for the president to try to proceed in that fashion so, to me, I felt comfortable and confident that this was the only thing I could do. It was the right thing to do.”

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