Conflicts of Interest, Shady Deals, Is It Time for a Recusal?

Another Day, Another Deal

Are Recusals an Answer?


Attorney General Jeff Sessions

March 2, 2017

WASHINGTON — Congressional Republicans began breaking ranks on Thursday to join Democrats in demanding that Attorney General Jeff Sessions recuse himself from overseeing an investigation into contacts between the Trump campaign and the Russian government.

Top Republicans call on Sessions to recuse himself from Russia investigation




Devin Nunes, Chair of the House Intelligence Committee




Rex Tillerson, Secretary of State

At his January Senate confirmation hearing, Rex Tillerson said he would recuse himself for one year from ExxonMobil-related business which comes before the State Department, and submitted a letter to the same effect on January 3 to the State Department’s Office of Legal Counsel.

“For a period of one year after my resignation from ExxonMobil, I will not participate personally and substantially in any particular matter involving specific parties in which I know that ExxonMobil is a party or represents a party, unless I am first authorized to participate, pursuant to 5 C.F.R. § 2635.502(d).


Mr. Tillerson’s opening remarks, which mentioned his involvement with the Boy Scouts, stressed the importance of honesty and moral leadership.

On the global climate change agreement that was one of Mr. Obama’s top achievements, Mr. Tillerson was not reassuring. While he said the “risk of climate change does exist,” he said he did not view it as an imminent national security threat…