WASHINGTON, DC - JUNE 13: U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions is sworn-in prior to testifying before the Senate Intelligence Committee on Capitol Hill June 13, 2017 in Washington, DC. Sessions recused himself from the Russia investigation and he was later discovered to have had contact with the Russian ambassador last year despite testifying to the contrary during his confirmation hearing. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)
Photo: Win McNamee/Getty Images
Photo: Win McNamee/Getty Images

Jeff Sessions hires private attorney

U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions has retained a private attorney as the probe into Russian interference in the 2016 campaign continues.

Sessions hired Charles Cooper, a Washington-based attorney said to be a long-time friend of Sessions. Justice Department spokeswoman Sarah Isgur Flores announced Tuesday that Sessions had retained Cooper.

Cooper was at Sessions’ hearing before the Senate Select Intelligence Committee hearing, according to a story from Reuters. He also attended Sessions’ confirmation hearing, the story said. 

Sessions recused himself from the Russia investigation on April 28.

In addition to Sessions, President Donald Trump, his son-in-law and adviser Jared Kushner and Vice President Mike Pence have hired private attorneys. 

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