Attorney General Jeff Sessions is not under federal criminal investigation for allegedly perjuring himself during his confirmation hearing, according to his lawyer.
The news comes as ABC News reported Wednesday that former deputy director of the FBI Andrew McCabe reportedly opened a criminal investigation into Sessions after two Democratic senators told McCabe that Sessions gave false testimony during his Senate confirmation hearing in January 2017 about contacts he had with Russia’s ambassador Sergey Kislyak.
Sessions’ attorney Chuck Cooper released a statement hours after the report went public, saying he spoke with the Special Counsel’s Office and that Sessions is not under investigation for false statements or perjury. The attorney general was cleared of any wrongdoing in 2017, after being interviewed by the Special Counsel’s Office as part of the Russia probe in January.
“The Special Counsel’s Office has informed me that after interviewing the Attorney General and conducting additional investigation, the Attorney General is not under investigation for false statements or perjury in his confirmation hearing testimony and related written submissions to Congress,” Cooper said in a statement.
Sessions was reportedly unaware of the investigation when he fired McCabe Friday. The former FBI deputy director was fired just two days before he was planning on retiring due to “lack of candor” during interviews with investigators from the DOJ’s office of the inspector general. (Report: Andrew McCabe Opened Criminal Investigation On Jeff Sessions)
McCabe later released a letter denying any wrong doing.
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