Jeff Sessions
Jeff Sessions

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.

Eliz­a­beth War­ren:

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.

Eli­jah Cum­mings:

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.

About the author

Andrew Villeneuve is the founder and executive director of the Northwest Progressive Institute, as well as the founder of NPI's sibling, the Northwest Progressive Foundation. He has worked to advance progressive causes for over two decades as a strategist, speaker, author, and organizer. Andrew is also a cybersecurity expert, a veteran facilitator, a delegate to the Washington State Democratic Central Committee, and a member of the Climate Reality Leadership Corps.

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