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President Trump defended his attorney general on Thursday from allegations that the nation’s top law enforcement official intentionally misled the Senate Judiciary Committee about his pre-election contact with “the Russians.”

“Jeff Sessions is an honorable man. He did not say anything wrong,” Trump said of his attorney general in a statement released Thursday evening. “He could have stated his response more accurately, but it was clearly not intentional.”

Sessions told the Senate Judiciary Committee during his Jan. 10 confirmation hearing that he had not had any contact with Russian officials while serving as a campaign surrogate for Trump. Reports that surfaced Wednesday evening indicated Sessions had met twice with the Russian ambassador to the U.S. during the 2016 campaign, when he was still an Alabama senator.

Sessions recused himself from any future investigations involving the Trump campaign at a hastily-scheduled press conference on Thursday.

“This whole narrative is a way of saving face for Democrats losing an election that everyone thought they were supposed to win,” Trump said. “The Democrats are overplaying their hand. They lost the election and now, they have lost their grip on reality.”

Trump has long dismissed allegations that his associates harbored inappropriate relationships with Russian officials during the campaign and transition.


“The real story is all of the illegal leaks of classified and other information,” the president added. “It is a total witch hunt!”



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