Jeff Sessions Yes, I Met With Russians But Not to Talk Election

3/2/2017 12:44 PM PST

Attorney General Jeff Sessions admits meeting with Russian officials during Donald Trump's campaign, but won't resign because he says there was no convo about the election. 

Sessions insisted he did not lie under oath during his confirmation hearing -- he just misheard the questions about whether he'd met with Russian reps. He went on to say the 2 meetings he had with the Russian ambassador had nothing to do with politics.

Sessions said he would recuse himself "whenever it's appropriate," and if there is any existing or future investigation into the Trump campaign's contact with Russia.

President Trump has expressed "total" confidence in Sessions.