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Elijah Cummings on Sessions: 'Did Not Go Far Enough'

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By    |   Thursday, 02 Mar 2017 08:12 PM

Rep. Elijah Cummings said Thursday that Attorney General Jeff Sessions' move to recuse himself from any investigation into the Trump administration's Russian activities "did not go far enough" and "left me with more questions than before he started."

"I'm glad he did recuse himself, but the question is, how far does that recusal go?" the Maryland Democrat told Wolf Blitzer on CNN. "It is just up until Election Day?

"A lot of concerns that all of us as Americans should have is what went on before the election and whether there was talk about taking down the sanctions... after the election.

"I have a lot of concerns."

Cummings, 66, who has been in the House since 1996, said that Democrats have been calling for Sessions to step back on any Russian investigation "for a few weeks."

"Suddenly, now he says that, because he talked to his ethics people that he is going to recuse himself — and they told him that he should do it because he was involved in the campaign.

"Give me a break," the congressman said. "He is the No. 1 law-enforcement officer in the country.

"He has been a United States attorney for the state of Alabama — and as an attorney, he knows and I know that there are certain things that you don't have to talk to the ethics people about.

"You know it."

Now that Sessions has stepped away from the possible probes, Cummings told Blitzer that "I don't know what he knows now.

"He should have recused himself a long time ago.

"He's been sitting around, I guess, talking to [FBI Director James] Comey, the FBI and others. We don't know what he knows."

Cummings, a member of the special House committee empaneled to investigate the 2012 Benghazi attacks, called for an independent investigation of President Donald Trump's Russian ties.

He likened it to the group of American citizens who were appointed by Congress to probe the 9/11 attacks.

"I'm not interested in having senators on a panel," he told Blizter. "I'm, not interested in having congressmen on a panel.

"We need to take this into an independent situation," Cummings added. "Let reputable citizens look at it and come back with findings and recommendations."

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Rep. Elijah Cummings said Thursday that Attorney General Jeff Sessions' move to recuse himself from any investigation into the Trump administration's Russian activities "did not go far enough" and "left me with more questions than before he started."
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