AG Sessions first met Russian envoy in meeting by Obama Admin
- Author: Larry Hoffman Mar 06, 2017,
Mar 06, 2017, 6:47
Democratic lawmakers have pointed to Sessions' meetings as unusual due to their setting - one during a sideline event to the Republican National Committee and the other in private meeting in his Senate office - and also because of America's tense relationship with Russian Federation.
"We now know explosive information both about what happened between Russian officials and the Trump campaign and about the Donald Trump administration's efforts to cover it up". The FBI is conducting an investigation into Russia's meddling in the 2016 election.
"There was absolutely nothing misleading about his answer", Sarah Isgur Flores, Sessions' spokeswoman, told the Post. He says the pressure on Sessions "strongly resembles a witch hunt or the times of McCarthyism, which we thought were long over in the United States as a civilized country".
While welcoming Sessions' recusal decision, some top Democrats have maintained that it did not go far enough and he should resign because he "lied" under oath at the confirmation hearing.
"I should have slowed down, and said, 'But I did meet one Russian official a couple of times, that would be the Ambassador'". One was a meeting in the then-Alabama senator's office with Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak in September, at the height of Russia's cyber campaign to influence the presidential race. Sessions told the Senate he did not have communications with the Russians during the campaign. "Attorney General Sessions should resign immediately, and there is no longer any question that we need a truly independent commission to investigate this issue". This news appeared to contradict assertions made by Sessions to the Senate Judiciary Committee twice during his confirmation process.
The gloves came off Thursday night, hours after Mr. Sessions recused himself from any investigations into the 2016 presidential campaign, with Mr. Trump dismissing the whole story as sore-loserism.