November 7, 2018 / 9:24 PM / 6 days ago

Sessions' firing is 'blatant attempt' to end Russia probe - Pelosi

FILE PHOTO: U.S. President Donald Trump speaks during a swearing-in ceremony for new Attorney General Jeff Sessions (R) at the White House in Washington, U.S., February 9, 2017. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque/File Photo

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump’s firing of Attorney General Jeff Sessions is a “blatant attempt” to undermine and end the special counsel’s probe into Russian meddling in the 2016 U.S. elections, House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi said on Wednesday.

Pelosi, in a statement posted on Twitter, called for the acting attorney general, Matthew Whitaker, to recuse himself from any involvement in the probe, citing what she called his “record of threats to undermine & weaken” it.

“Congress must take immediate action to protect the rule of law and integrity of the investigation,” she said, echoing a call earlier in the day from the No. 2 Democrat in the House, Steny Hoyer.

Reporting by Makini Brice; Editing by Tim Ahmann

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