Brooke Seipel reports that House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi is calling on Attorney General Jefferson B. Sessions III to resign after it came to light that he spoke to the Russian ambassador to the United States during Donald Trump’s campaign for the presidency:
“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,” Pelosi said in a statement.
“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,” she continued.
Mallory Shelbourne reports that Democratic Rep. Elijah Cummings of Maryland, the ranking member of the House Oversight Committee, has done likewise:
“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,” Cummings said in a statement.
“Attorney General Sessions should resign immediately, and there is no longer any question that we need a truly independent commission to investigate this issue.”
Here is Democratic Sen. Al Franken questioning Sessions about allegations that members of Trump’s campaign team had discussions with the Russians. Sessions says that he himself did not: