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Hillary Clinton conceded to Donald Trump on Nov. 9 in New York City. (Jewel Samad / AFP/Getty Images)
Hillary Clinton conceded to Donald Trump on Nov. 9 in New York City. (Jewel Samad / AFP/Getty Images)

Sen. Jeff Sessions, Donald Trump's pick to be the next attorney general, testified before Congress on Tuesday that he would recuse himself from any investigations and prosecutions involving Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.

Sessions and Trump called during the fall campaign for Clinton to be investigated and prosecuted for her use of a private email server, despite determinations by the FBI and Justice Department that her actions did not warrant charges. Since his election, Trump has said he did not support such an investigation or prosecution.

Sessions said he had made comments during the "contentious" campaign about Clinton's use of the email server and her family's charitable foundation that could place his objectivity in question.

"I believe the proper thing for me to do would be to recuse myself from any questions involving those kind of investigations that involve Secretary Hillary Clinton," the Alabama Republican told senators on the Judiciary Committee.

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