Washington, D.C. – House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) today issued the following statement on Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ announcement that he will recuse himself from any matters arising from the campaigns for President of the United States:

“Attorney General Sessions did the right thing by recusing himself. Attorney General Sessions is an honorable man who believes in preserving the integrity of the justice system. I applaud his decision to avoid even the appearance of impropriety in order to ensure the American people have confidence in our justice system.

“Attorney General Sessions’ admirable decision stands in stark contrast to his predecessor, who met with former President Bill Clinton, the husband of the target of an FBI investigation, while the investigation was ongoing. Attorney General Sessions should be commended for his commitment to ensuring the Justice Department is above reproach.”