Democrats: Jeff Sessions perjured himself
Shortly after the Justice Department revealed that Attorney General Jeff Sessions had repeated contacts with Russia during the presidential campaign, Democratic officials like House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi and Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer began to call on Sessions to resign: Because the Department of Justice should be above reproach, for the good of the […]
Shortly after the Justice Department revealed that Attorney General Jeff Sessions had repeated contacts with Russia during the presidential campaign, Democratic officials like House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi and Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer began to call on Sessions to resign:
Because the Department of Justice should be above reproach, for the good of the country, the Attorney General should resign.
— Chuck Schumer (@SenSchumer) March 2, 2017
— Nancy Pelosi (@NancyPelosi) March 2, 2017
While Democrats demanded Sessions’ resignation, Republicans tried to soften the blow by calling for Sessions to recuse himself from any investigations into Team Trump’s Russia ties. These revelations, however, are in direct contradiction of Sessions’ testimony at his Senate confirmation hearing:
Senator Franken, I’m not aware of any of those activities. I have been called a surrogate at a time or two in that campaign and I did not have communications with the Russians, and I’m unable to comment on it.
In the hours since this story broke, notable elected Democrats have begun to point out that Sessions lied under oath, and even to openly accuse him of perjury:
Those of us who opposed Sessions from the beginning saw him for who he was — a throwback and a liar. Sessions needs to resign, immediately.
— Maxine Waters (@RepMaxineWaters) March 2, 2017
It is clear Attorney General Jeff #Sessions lied under oath about meeting with Russian officials. He must resign immediately.
— Kamala Harris (@KamalaHarris) March 2, 2017
HERE is my written Q to Sen. Sessions in the confirmation process, and his unequivocal answer, under oath: https://t.co/cWHyjz4P6C
— Sen. Patrick Leahy (@SenatorLeahy) March 2, 2017
It's not illegal for a Senator to speak w the Russian Ambassador. So why lie about it under oath? Makes no sense, unless…
— Chris Murphy 🟧 (@ChrisMurphyCT) March 2, 2017
We are far past recusal. Jeff #Sessions lied under oath. Anything less than resignation or removal from office is unacceptable.
— Nancy Pelosi (@SpeakerPelosi) March 2, 2017
— Rep. Nadler (@RepJerryNadler) March 2, 2017
No spin from Trump admin can hide the fact that Sessions lied under oath and committed perjury about Russian ties. Sessions must resign.
— Tom Perez (@TomPerez) March 2, 2017
Perjury is a felony and may be punishable by prison for up to five years. pic.twitter.com/Vj2s4Wjri3
— Keith Ellison (@keithellison) March 2, 2017
I have called repeatedly for independent prosecutor&now there is no question possible perjury&other criminal violations demand it #Sessions
— Richard Blumenthal (@SenBlumenthal) March 2, 2017
the offense of willfully telling an untruth in a court after having taken an oath or affirmation.https://t.co/x9qN6nyD3t
— Joe Crowley (@JoeCrowleyNY) March 2, 2017
— Hakeem Jeffries (@RepJeffries) March 2, 2017
— Rep. Barbara Lee (@RepBarbaraLee) March 2, 2017
— Congresswoman Chellie Pingree 🇺🇸 🇺🇦 (@chelliepingree) March 2, 2017
— Ted Lieu (@tedlieu) March 2, 2017
A perjury conviction carries a prison sentence of up to five years. If pressure on Sessions continues to escalate, he may end up wishing he really had offered to recuse himself — as several media outlets falsely reported that he did — or that he had heeded the calls for his resignation.
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