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Nelson: Sessions should recuse himself from Russia investigation


U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson said Thursday that Attorney General Jeff Sessions should step aside from the Justice Department's investigation into Russian meddling of the U.S. election, but unlike other Democrats stopped short of calling for Sessions' resignation.

"Sen. Sessions should recuse himself," the Florida senator said in a statement. "And there should be an independent commission and special prosecutor appointed to get to the bottom of this."

Leading Democrats, including Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, want Sessions to resign for failing to disclose during his confirmation hearing that he met twice last year's presidential election with the Russian ambassador to the U.S.

Several Republicans have said Sessions should recuse himself. Florida Sen. Marco Rubio has not yet gone that far, saying he needs more information.

Sessions said he'd consider bowing out of the Russia investigation if appropriate, without going into specifics.

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