When Jeff Sessions was being scrutinized by the United States Senate for the vitally important position of United States Attorney General, he was asked by Senator Al Franken what he would do if “anyone affiliated with the Trump campaign” was found to have communicated with officials of the Russian Federation.
Sessions answered: “I have been called a surrogate at a time or two in that campaign, and I did not have communications with the Russians.”
We now know that Sessions perjured himself. Via The Washington Post:
Then-Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) spoke twice last year with Russia’s ambassador to the United States, Justice Department officials said, encounters he did not disclose when asked about possible contacts between members of President Trump’s campaign and representatives of Moscow during Sessions’s confirmation hearing to become attorney general.
One of the meetings was a private conversation between Sessions and Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak that took place in September in the senator’s office, at the height of what U.S. intelligence officials say was a Russian cyber campaign to upend the U.S. presidential race.
The United States cannot have an attorney general who lies under oath to Congress. Jeff Sessions must resign, immediately, for the good of the office he holds and the good of the country he professes to love.
Top Democrats are, thankfully, calling for just that. Nancy Pelosi:
Jeff Sessions lied under oath during his confirmation hearing before the Senate. Under penalty of perjury, he told the Senate Judiciary Committee, ‘I have been called a surrogate at a time or two in that campaign and I did not have communications with the Russians.’ We now know that statement is false.
Attorney General Sessions has never had the credibility to oversee the FBI investigation of senior Trump officials’ ties to the Russians. That is why Democrats have consistently called for Sessions to recuse himself from any oversight of the investigation.
Now, after lying under oath to Congress about his own communications with the Russians, the Attorney General must resign. Sessions is not fit to serve as the top law enforcement officer of our country and must resign. There must be an independent, bipartisan, outside commission to investigate the Trump political, personal and financial connections to the Russians.
It’s a simple q: “Have you been in contact with anyone connected to any part of the Russian government about the 2016 election?”
Jeff Sessions answered “No.” Turns out he met with the Russian Ambassador. Two months before the election.
Now Jeff Sessions is AG – the final say on the law enforcement investigation into ties between the Trump campaign & Russia?
What a farce.
This is not normal. This is not fake news. This is a very real & serious threat to the national security of the United States.
We need a special prosecutor totally independent of the AG. We need a real, bipartisan, transparent Congressional investigation into Russia.
And we need Attorney General Jeff Sessions – who should have never been confirmed in the first place – to resign. We need it now.
It is inconceivable that even after Michael Flynn was fired for concealing his conversations with the Russians that Attorney General Sessions would keep his own conversations secret for several more weeks. When Senator Sessions testified under oath that ‘I did not have communications with the Russians,’ his statement was demonstrably false, yet he let it stand for weeks — and he continued to let it stand even as he watched the President tell the entire nation he didn’t know anything about anyone advising his campaign talking to the Russians. Attorney General Sessions should resign immediately, and there is no longer any question that we need a truly independent commission to investigate this issue.
We agree. Jeff Sessions must resign immediately. And if he refuses to resign, Congress should remove him through impeachment.