Issa: Sessions should recuse himself from any Russia probes

Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) on Friday seemed to voice support for Attorney General Jeff SessionsJefferson (Jeff) Beauregard SessionsGOP set to release controversial Biden report Trump's policies on refugees are as simple as ABCs Ocasio-Cortez, Velázquez call for convention to decide Puerto Rico status MORE recusing himself from any possible Justice Department investigations into Russia's meddling in the presidential election.

"We are going to ask the Intelligence committees of the House and Senate to investigate within these special areas," the lawmaker said during an interview with Bill Maher. 

When pressed by Maher, Issa appeared to suggest that Sessions should step aside for a special prosecutor when it comes to issues related to President Trump.
 
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"You cannot have somebody — a friend of mine, Jeff Sessions, who was on the campaign and who is an appointee. You are going to need to use the special prosecutor's statute and office," he said. "Not just to recuse — you can’t just give it to your deputy, that's another political appointee. You do have to do that."
 
Issa went on to criticize the Russian government for Moscow's aggressive political gambits and said that Kremlin's activities must be investigated.
 
"We need to investigate their activities and we need to do it because they are bad people," said Issa, who narrowly won his election in 2016 and is a Democratic target in 2018.
 
Sessions was a major backer of Trump during the campaign, and Democrats have voiced concerns about the possibility of him overseeing any investigations that probe Trump's ties to Russia.