Washington — Democrats on two House committees are asking the Justice Department’s inspector general to investigate whether Attorney General Jeff Sessions violated his recusal from the Russia probe by taking part in the May firing of FBI Director James Comey.

House Oversight and Judiciary Committee Democrats urged Inspector General Michael Horowitz Thursday to examine what they called “a lapse in judgment.”

Sessions insisted in an appearance earlier this month before the Senate intelligence committee that he had not violated his decision in March to recuse himself from any investigation related to inquiries involving President Donald Trump’s 2016 campaign. During his testimony, Sessions said it would be “absurd” to suggest a recusal from a single investigation would render him unable to manage leadership of the FBI.

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