Vermont Delegates React to AG Session’s Meetings with Russia

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WASHINGTON, DC – FEBRUARY 02: U.S. Sen. Jeff Sessions (R), a committee member, waits for the beginning of a meeting of Senate Environment and Public Works Committee February 2, 2017 on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. Committee chairman Sen. John Barrasso (R-WY) suspended the rules and passed the confirm of Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt […]

According to CNN some Democrats have called for the resignation of US Attorney General Jeff Sessions to when news broke that he had met on two separate occasions with Russia’s ambassador to Washington, Sergey Kislyak. 

“Now, after lying under oath to Congress about his own communications with the Russians, the attorney general must resign,” House Democratic Leader Nancy 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,” added Pelosi.

CNN says these were meetings Sessions did not disclose during his confirmation.

Sessions says he never discussed campaign related issues with anyone from Russia.  

According to a media release from Vermont Senator Patrick Leahy (D), Leahy had asked Sen. Sessions about his meetings with Russia this under oath, in a written question, during his confirmation proceedings before the Senate Judiciary Committee.  You can read the full questioning here. 


Sen. Leahy sent the following statement regarding AG Sessions:  

“My message to the Attorney General is this: No more excuses, recuse yourself and appoint a Special Counsel immediately, and come clean about any contacts you had with the Russians. 

“I am deeply concerned that Attorney General Sessions, under oath, misled the Senate Judiciary Committee in response to direct questions from myself and Senator Franken about his contacts with Russian officials.  It is an egregious breach of public trust that Attorney General Sessions has not already recused himself. Now we must ask whether he has perjured himself.

“We all know Russia tried to meddle in our elections and its role has to be fully investigated. The Attorney General has shown he cannot be allowed to conduct the investigation.” 

Vermont Congressman Peter Welch (D) sent the following statement about Sessions: 

“Attorney General Sessions, while under oath, at best misled the Senate Judiciary Committee about his contacts with Russian officials. At worst, he committed perjury. He can no longer serve as America’s chief law enforcement officer, let alone oversee an investigation into Trump campaign officials’ contacts with Russians during the election. He should resign from office immediately.”

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