A White House spokeswoman said Sunday that it’s premature to say that Attorney General Jeff Sessions should recuse himself and appoint a special prosecutor to look into apparent Russian meddling in the 2016 U.S. election aimed at helping elect Donald Trump.
The assessment by Sarah Huckabee Sanders, the principal White House deputy press secretary, comes as a growing number of Democrats are calling for Sessions, who was a key figure in Trump’s campaign, to step aside as the FBI and the Justice Department probe what happened. On Friday, a leading Republican, Rep. Darrell Issa of California, echoed that view, saying a special prosecutor would be appropriate.
Appearing Sunday on ABC News’ “This Week,” Sanders said congressional committees looking into Russian activity should be allowed to do their work first.
“I don’t think we’re there yet,” she said. “Let’s work through this process. You guys want to jump to the very end of the line.”
“We’re confident whatever review that Congress wants to do, that’s the first step,” Sanders said.
“We’re extremely confident that, whatever review, they’re all going to come to the same conclusion: that we had no involvement in this,” Sanders said.
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