Dems call for Sessions to recuse himself from Russia probe

The point of the Senate Judiciary Democrats" letter is to say, "Recuse yourself or this investigation is a sham.' The letter won't impact the corrupt Trump administration's choice, but it is meant to signal that the investigation will be viewed as a sham if Sessions does not recuse himself. He has not publicly called for an investigation but warned leakers this morning that they "will be caught!'" He is one of many members of Congress looking to investigate actions by the Trump campaign and now Trump administration.

Schumer and other Democrats spoke to reporters as Trump criticized the intelligence agencies that he oversees and the media for what he described as unfair treatment of his former national security adviser, Michael Flynn, and for "illegally leaked" information about reported contacts between his campaign aides and Russian officials.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions must appoint a special prosecutor to probe ties between the Trump administration and Russia, The New York Times' editorial board wrote Friday. "Perhaps most important are Mr. Trump's tax returns, which could tell us whether he is beholden to, and thus compromised by, the Russians?"

Thursday's letter from all Senate Judiciary Democrats asked Sessions to comply with the "longstanding Justice Department policy limiting communications between the White House and Justice Department, particularly with respect to criminal or civil enforcement matters".

This letter is in addition to the letter eleven Democratic Senators wrote Wednesday, which was provided to PoliticusUSA and called for Attorney General Sessions to recuse himself.

Schumer's Republican counterpart, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said the investigation into Flynn should remain in the realm of the Senate Intelligence Committee, chaired by Sen.

Schumer said Wednesday that Sessions, a senator from Alabama until he was confirmed as attorney general earlier this month, should not be involved because of potential conflicts of interest.

And nothing requires Sessions to appoint a special prosecutor. There is no other reason why Sessions would not recuse himself, other than the idea that he was partially placed in this position to quash any investigations into Trump's Russian connections.

Trump campaign aides had contact with Russian intelligence officials during the election and Trump has long-standing ties to Russia, The New York Times revealed this week.

Late Tuesday, The New York Times reported that US agencies had intercepted phone calls past year between Russian intelligence officials and members of Trump's 2016 campaign team.

'Something like this always sucks the oxygen out of the room, ' McCain said.

Schumer says United States national security is at stake.

The FBI is not expected to bring charges against Flynn.

  • Leroy Wright