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LIVE STREAM: Attorney General Jeff Sessions holds news conference

News conference scheduled for 4 p.m.

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Attorney General Jeff Sessions to hold a news conference at 4 p.m.

President Donald Trump said Thursday he has "total" confidence in Attorney General Jeff Sessions following accusations that he misled Congress by failing to disclose pre-election meetings with the Kremlin's ambassador to Washington.

Pressure for Sessions to recuse himself from any involvement in a Justice Department probe into links between the Trump campaign and Moscow is becoming intense, as prominent Republicans break ranks with the administration. Democrats argued however that recusal was not enough and that Sessions should resign.

Asked by reporters traveling with the President in Virginia if Sessions should recuse himself, the President said. "I don't think so."

The White House learned from press reports Wednesday that the attorney general, one of the President's closest political confidants, had contacts with Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak during the campaign, a senior administration official said.


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