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Alex Brandon / AP

Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR) asked James Comey why he chose not to tell Attorney General Jeff Sessions about his conversations with President Trump regarding Michael Flynn, even though Sessions had not yet recused himself from the Russia investigation:

WYDEN: "What was it about the Attorney General's own interactions with the Russians, or his behavior with regard to the investigation that would have led the entire leadership of the FBI to make this decision?"
COMEY: "Our judgment as I recall is that he was very close to and inevitably going to recuse himself for a variety of reasons, we were also aware of facts that I can't discuss in an open setting that would make his continued engagement in a Russia-related investigation problematic. And so we were convinced, in fact I think we had already heard, that the career people already recommended that he recuse himself, that he would not be in contact with Russia-related matters much longer, and that turned out to be the case."

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