Sessions Communicated with Russian Leadership During Election

ATTORNEY GENERAL JEFF SESSIONS AND COMMUNICATIONS WITH RUSSIAN LEADERSHIP: Attorney General Jeff Sessions met twice with Russia’s ambassador to the United States during the 2016 campaign – a fact he omitted during his hearing to become attorney general, The Washington Post reported. One of the meetings occurred in September “at the height of what U.S. intelligence officials say was a Russian cyber campaign to upend the U.S. presidential race.”

Democrats and Republicans alike are calling for Sessions to recuse himself from investigations into Russia’s involvement with the presidential election, according to The Washington Post.  House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz tweeted that “AG Sessions should clarify his testimony and recuse himself.” Democratic Senator Elizabeth Warren tweeted, “We need a special prosecutor totally independent of the AG. We need a real, bipartisan, transparent Congressional investigation into Russia.” Republican Senator Lindsey Graham said, “If there is something there and it goes up the chain of investigation, it is clear to me that Jeff Sessions, who is my dear friend, cannot make that decision about Trump.”

Top Democrats have also called for Sessions’ resignation, reported CNN Politics. “After lying under oath to Congress about his own communications with the Russians, the Attorney General must resign,” House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi asserted.” Senator Elizabeth Warren tweeted that “we need Attorney General Jeff Sessions – who should have never been confirmed in the first place – to resign. We need it now.”