The row over Jeff Sessions' links to Russian Federation explained
- Author: Leroy Wright Mar 05, 2017,
Mar 05, 2017, 2:55
The announcement came after a bipartisan furor erupted over reports that Sessions had met with Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak during his time as a surrogate for President Donald Trump, and not reported the meeting during his confirmation hearings for attorney general. "I have been called a surrogate at a time or two in that campaign and I didn't have - did not have communications with the Russians, and I'm unable to comment on it". "Ambassadors were coming by to see me pretty often", he added.
Trump says the real story is all of the "illegal leaks" of classified or other information.
U.S. Representative Elijah Cummings criticized Sessions for keeping his contact with the ambassador secret even after Trump fired his first national security adviser, Michael Flynn.
January 10, 2017: Dossier filled with unverified claims that Russian Federation has compromising intelligence about Trump is published. During his Senate confirmation hearing, the then-US senator from Alabama claimed he had had no meetings with Russian officials. 'I'm not aware of any of those activities, ' he responded. I have no idea what this allegation is about. "He should also clarify his statements to the Judiciary Committee with respect to his communications with the Russian ambassador".
"It's clearer than ever now that the attorney general can not, in good faith, oversee an investigation at the Department of Justice and the FBI of the Trump-Russia connection, and he must recuse himself immediately", Franken said.
While Republicans have largely held off on calling for Sessions' resignation, several have said he needs to recuse himself from the Russian Federation investigation.
"Whenever it's appropriate I will recuse myself, there's no doubt about that", he said.
Due to viable concerns that he lied during his nomination hearing, Sessions is now the center of suspicions that Russian Federation interfered in the 2016 election. "I was asked on Morning Joe, if he needs to recuse himself as going forward", he told Fox & Friends.
Republican senator Rob Portman echoed that, saying: "I think it would be best for him and for the country to recuse himself from the DOJ [Department of Justice] Russia probe". "It's wonderful how people spin things so quickly", he said.
"These are serious and troubling accusations, and they are ones that Attorney General Sessions must address immediately and fully - both to Congress and to the American people", King said in a statement Thursday.
Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn praised the attorney general's decision to recuse himself from investigations relating to the campaign.
Watch some of Schumer's statement here.
Despite Sessions' untruths during a Senate committee hearing in which he was asked about ongoing reports that Russian Federation was involved in some shady politics, President TrumPutin told reporters aboard an aircraft carrier in Virginia that he had "total" confidence in Sessions.
As for McCaskill, she said that she never met with the Russian ambassador.
During his confirmation hearing, Sessions, a close adviser on Trump's campaign, was asked by Sen.