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Shock Poll: Majority of Americans think Jeff Sessions lied to Congress and should resign

Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ abrupt recusal from all Trump campaign/Russia investigations and amended written testimony to Congress have done nothing to diminish the drumbeat for his resignation. Democrats have been loudly proclaiming that Sessions should resign over the lies he told in testimony at his confirmation hearings. And now a new poll from Quinnipiac finds that […]

By Tommy Christopher - March 08, 2017
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Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ abrupt recusal from all Trump campaign/Russia investigations and amended written testimony to Congress have done nothing to diminish the drumbeat for his resignation.

Democrats have been loudly proclaiming that Sessions should resign over the lies he told in testimony at his confirmation hearings. And now a new poll from Quinnipiac finds that a majority of Americans agree that Sessions lied, and that he should resign:

American voters say 52 – 40 percent that U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions lied under oath during his confirmation hearings and say 51 – 42 percent that he should resign, according to a Quinnipiac University national poll released today.

What is particularly significant is that aside from the expected partisan divide on these questions, strong majorities of independent voters agree that Sessions lied, and should resign.

The poll also showed continued strong support for an independent investigation into the Trump campaign’s ties with Russia:

American voters support 66 – 30 percent an “independent commission investigating potential links between some of Donald Trump’s campaign advisors and the Russian government.” The only listed party, gender, age or racial group opposed is Republicans, opposed 64 – 30 percent.

Once again, a whopping 70 percent of independent voters want an independent commission, and even 30 percent of Republicans support such an investigation. These numbers are difficult for even a solidly Republican Congress to ignore, alongside a recent CNN poll which found overwhelming support for an independent investigation, at 65 percent.

With Trump in the White House and Republican majorities in Congress, a Sessions resignation may not be in the cards. But it is becoming more and more politically difficult to ignore the loud support for, and the necessity of, an independent investigation of Trump’s Russia ties.


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