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Sessions promises to recuse himself from investigations involving Hillary Clinton

Alabama Republican Sen. Jeff Sessions (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Alabama Sen. Jeff Sessions (R), President-elect Donald Trump's pick to head the Justice Department, said Tuesday during his Senate confirmation hearing that as attorney general he would recuse himself from any case involving or connected to former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) asked the nominee about concerns that Sessions would be unable to impartially address allegations made against Clinton involving her use of a private email server during her tenure as the nation's top diplomat or her family's charitable foundation, which were hot topics during the presidential election that Clinton lost to Trump.

Acknowledging the "highly contentious campaign," Sessions admitted that he and others made comments about Clinton, her emails and the Clinton Foundation that could place his objectivity "in question" — at least in the eyes of some.

Sessions then promised to separate himself from any such cases, instead deferring to either a deputy attorney general or other law enforcement.

"I believe the proper thing for me to do would be to recuse myself from any questions involving those kind of investigations involving Secretary Clinton that were raised during the campaign or could be otherwise connected to it," Sessions said.

The federal investigation into Clinton's  use of a private email server during her time as secretary of state has been closed.

There is still an ongoing FBI probe into the Clinton Foundation.

An FBI spokesman did not immediately return a request for comment.

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