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John Q. Barrett on Call for Sessions Recusal from Russia Inquiry

In the Media
Thursday, February 16, 2017

Should Jeff Sessions Recuse Himself From the Russia Inquiries?
By Adam Serwer
The Atlantic

Senate Democrats are calling for Attorney General Sessions to recuse himself from reported inquiries into contacts between former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn and the Trump campaign’s contacts with Russia, but legal experts also say that Sessions’ closeness to President Trump raises questions about his ability to be impartial.

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“There is a substantial appearance issue,” said John Q. Barrett, who was an associate counsel for the independent counsel looking into the Iran-Contra affair, and is now a professor at St. John’s University School of Law. “I think the wise course would be for the attorney general to step aside from this matter.”

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