Wednesday night, the news broke that AG Jeff Sessions did have direct contact with the Russian Ambassador during the 2016 election. Democrats, who have been pushing him to recuse himself from the on-going investigation have turned their sites to his resignation. As Thursday wore on more lawmakers on both sides of the aisle are calling for an investigation.
While President Trump basks in the glory from his Tuesday night address to Congress, the business of trying to hide his connection with Russia continued. Washington Post broke a story that Sessions had at least 2 verifiable conversations with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak and that he had lied under oath about it. Faced with this evidence, House Oversight Chairman Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) and House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) are leading the call that Sessions step aside. Several other Republicans admit to considering the move.
According to NPR:
Two top House Republicans said Thursday that Sessions should recuse himself from the federal investigation into Russia’s attempts to influence last year’s presidential election, House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy of California and House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz of Utah.
McCarthy later tried to walk back his comments, telling Fox News that his statement earlier on MSNBC saying it would be “easier” if Sessions recused himself was not a demand for him to do so.
Chaffetz tweeted Thursday morning that “AG Sessions should clarify his testimony and recuse himself.” That’s a reference to the fact that during his confirmation hearing, Sessions told the Senate Judiciary Committee that “I did not have communications with the Russians” over the course of the 2016 presidential campaign.
Democrats have had enough and are taking a stand. Senate minority leader, Chuck Schumer said, “There cannot be even the scintilla of doubt about the impartiality and fairness of the attorney general, the top law enforcement official of the land. Because the Department of Justice should be above reproach, for the good of the country Attorney General Sessions should resign.”
Business Insider quoted Nancy Pelosi and Elizabeth Warren:
“Now, after lying under oath to Congress about his own communications with the Russians, the attorney general must resign,” Pelosi said in a statement. “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.”
Warren said the situation was “not normal,” calling the developments a “very real and serious threat to the national security of the United States.”
“We need a special prosecutor totally independent of the AG,” she wrote on Twitter. “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.”
Republicans and Democrats are showing concern and it is the time for the FBI comes forward and shows us what it has. This is going to stop and for the good of America out with it!