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Alberto Gonzales: It Would Be Unfair to Push Sessions to Resign

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By    |   Friday, 03 Mar 2017 03:39 PM

It would not be fair to force Attorney General Jeff Sessions to resign before he has the opportunity to explain what he was thinking when he told a Senate committee that he had not had contacts with a Russian ambassador, former Attorney General Alberto Gonzales said Friday.

"I think it's totally unfair to demand the attorney general resign before he's given the opportunity to explain what he was thinking [and] what question he thought he was responding to," Gonzales, who served under President George W. Bush, told CNN.

"This is a way that Washington operates, unfortunately," he continued. "You rush to judgment, you declare someone guilty before the trial even occurs."

Gonzales said he believes Sessions has acted ethically by recusing himself from any investigation concerning Russian interference in the 2016 race between President Donald Trump's campaign staff, and he thinks he followed Justice Department processes.

"I have no questions or qualms about what Jeff Sessions has done to date," Gonzales said.

The former attorney general himself resigned from office following the controversial firings of several federal prosecutors, and after Democratic lawmakers believed he'd made misleading statements about the actions.

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It would not be fair to force Attorney General Jeff Sessions to resign before he has the opportunity to explain what he was thinking when he told a Senate committee that he had not had contacts with a Russian ambassador, former Attorney General Alberto Gonzales said Friday.
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