Trump's AG pick says Sessions did 'right thing recusing himself' from Russia probe

Trump's AG pick says Sessions did 'right thing recusing himself' from Russia probe
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President TrumpDonald John TrumpDem lawmaker says Electoral College was 'conceived' as way to perpetuate slavery Stanley Cup champion Washington Capitals to visit White House on Monday Transportation Dept requests formal audit of Boeing 737 Max certification MORE's pick to serve as his next top cop said Tuesday that former Attorney General Jeff SessionsJefferson (Jeff) Beauregard SessionsRosenstein still working at DOJ despite plans to leave in mid-March Juan Williams: Don't rule out impeaching Trump O'Rourke on impeachment: 2020 vote may be best way to 'resolve' Trump MORE made the right decision when he recused himself from overseeing the Russia probe.

When asked by Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamGraham: Dems want to abolish Electoral College because they 'want rural America to go away' Overwhelming majority of voters want final Mueller report released: poll Bottom Line MORE (R-S.C.) whether he agreed with Sessions's choice, William Barr said he believes so.

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"I'm not sure of all the facts, but I think he probably did the right thing recusing himself," Barr told Graham.

Graham, an ally of Trump's in the upper chamber, agreed.

"I think he did the right thing to recuse himself," Graham replied.

Before Sessions resigned from his post in early November, at Trump's request, the president repeatedly attacked him over the decision to recuse himself from overseeing the high-profile probe that has cast a shadow over his administration.

The line of questioning at Tuesday's confirmation hearing came after Barr made the case that there are times when a special counsel is needed to investigate matters.

He said special counsels, when there are "good reasons" to have a prosecutor from outside the department investigate a matter, "provide additional assurance of nonpartisan" work.

He said he appointed three when he served as attorney general in the early 1990s during the George H.W. Bush administration.

Trump has criticized special counsel Robert MuellerRobert Swan MuellerSasse: US should applaud choice of Mueller to lead Russia probe MORE, calling his Russia investigation a "witch hunt."

The probe is said to be nearing its end amid reports Mueller is trying to interview Trump about key events during the 2016 presidential election.