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Angelica Greene
April 26, 2018

Asked during a Senate hearing on Wednesday if he would resign in protest if President Donald Trump removed, or attempted to remove, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein or Special Counsel Robert Mueller, Attorney General Jeff Sessions-despite recent reporting suggesting he might-said he would make no such promise.

Leahy pressed Sessions on whether he had recused himself on the Cohen probe.

The hearing touched on nearly every budget line for the department, from databases to immigration policy, frequently forcing Sessions to defend the Trump administration.

At the hearing, Sessions said he's abiding by a recusal he announced in March 2017 that he won't be involved in matters related to the 2016 presidential campaigns.

Sessions, a former Republican senator, had agreed to recuse himself from any Justice Department investigation into campaign interference after he worked to help Trump win the election.

The president's unorthodox attacks on the Justice Department have raised concerns by some critics about threats to the independence of the department's investigations.

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"Out of deference to the committee, I have ordered that there be no pause while that review is conducted", Sessions said.

Later, Sessions did confirm to Sen.

"That calls for a speculative answer", Sessions opined. "In that regard, don't let the Justice Department turn its back on the proud tradition of being a guardian or equal justice for all, including the most vulnerable in our society", said Leahy, D-Vermont. "I do have confidence in him".

Sessions also wouldn't discuss the prospect of Trump pardoning Cohen, though he did forcefully defend the constitutional right of the President's pardons of former Arizona county sheriff Joe Arpaio and former Vice President Dick Cheney aide Scooter Libby, which were made without consulting the Justice Department's pardon office.

"He works every day to do the job that he is called upon to do that got dropped in his lap", Sessions said.

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