The Michael Cohen investigation is underway and Attorney General Jeff Sessions has declined to recuse himself from it, according to a statement from the Justice department. “The attorney general considers his potential recusal on a matter-by-matter basis as may be needed,” the department said in a statement. “To the extent a matter comes to the attention of his office that may warrant consideration of recusal, the attorney general would review the issue and consult with the appropriate Department ethics experts.”
By staying involved with the Cohen probe, Sessions is entitled to briefings on the status of the investigation, which would likely be of interest to President Trump. Sessions could also weigh in on specific decisions by prosecutors including whether to pursue subpoenas and indictments. The White House has not ruled out pardoning Cohen in the future.