An hour after saying Attorney General Jeff Sessions should recuse himself from the FBI investigation into alleged communications between the Trump campaign and the Russians, House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy accused the media of twisting his words and walked it back.
On MSNBC’s Morning Joe Thursday, McCarthy was asked about the revelation that Sessions met with the Russian ambassador while a member of Trump’s campaign. “Do you think he should recuse himself from this investigation given this now-disclosed meeting?” asked Mark Halperin.
“I think [for] the trust of the American people you recuse yourself in these situations, yes,” McCarthy said.
“I don’t have all of the information in front of me, I don’t want to prejudge,” he continued. “But I just think for any investigation going forward, you wanna make sure everyone trusts the investigation, that there is no doubt within the investigation.”
“Does that require his recusal, Congressman?” asked Halperin
“I think it would be easier from that standpoint, yes,” McCarthy said.
But later on Fox & Friends, McCarthy said his words were being twisted by the media. “I’m not calling on him to recuse himself,” he said. “I was asked on Morning Joe if he needs to recuse himself going forward.”
“As you just heard, Attorney General Sessions said that he would recuse himself going forward [when] appropriate, and that’s all my answer was. It’s amazing how people spin things so quickly,” he said.”
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