“To lose one advisor [over contacts with Russia] is unfortunate, to lose two is more than carelessness.”

UPDATE, MARCH 3, 0730 GMT: After Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ announcement that he is stepping aside from the investigation of Trump-Russia links, I explained to BBC Radio Foyle on Friday morning that this is far from the end of the matter.

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Someone within the Administration, probably in the Justice Department or the FBI, was just sitting on this information and waiting to release it after Trump’s speech on Tuesday night.

See also TrumpWatch, Day 42: Sessions Steps Aside From Trump-Russia Inquiry

ORIGINAL ENTRY, MARCH 2: Amid the sudden furor over contacts between Attorney Jeff Sessions and Russian Ambassador Sergei Kislyak in summer 2016, when Sessions was working with Donald Trump’s campaign, I spoke on Thursday with Julia Hartley-Brewer of London’s Talk Radio.

See also TrumpWatch, Day 41: Did Sessions Hide Contacts With Russia?

In a wide-ranging interview, we talked through the Sessions episode and what it means for a President and Administration already beset by claims and investigations of links with the Russians.

Predicting that the Administration cannot afford to let the Attorney General go, I summarised what remains to be seen: “Did Sessions talk to the Russian ambassador about anything connected with the alleged Russian interference [in the 2016 Presidential election]?”

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TOP PHOTO: Jeff Sessions endorses Donald Trump for President, February 2016