Franken: Sessions should come back before the Judiciary Committee

As they were leaving the White House, some Obama administration officials took steps to preserve and distribute intelligence about Russian efforts to undermine the election - and possible Trump-Russia contacts.

He pressed Cicilline on his demand that Sessions resign, noting that he did not call for similar consequences for Holder, who was accused of and later admitted to lying about surveillance of reporters who wrote pieces critical of the Obama administration. "But if he's not, I don't see any objective or reason to doing this".

Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, was more reserved, saying Sessions should recuse himself from the election probe. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, in a statement.

If President Trump's antagonists are resisting anything, it is the call to civility - the willingness to agree to disagree but to work within the system. Fox News host Tucker Carlson asked the attorney general.

The uproar is widely seen in Moscow as part of efforts by President Donald Trump's political foes to block any possible attempts at a rapprochement with Russian Federation. Elizabeth Warren warned that Sessions should never have been confirmed at all, but now there was reason to remove him. She says a full, independent investigation into the administration's interactions with Russian Federation is necessary. "This is not fake news. Misleading the United States Senate in testimony under oath is at least as serious". Now, instead of talking about the President's pivot, Democrats have another opportunity to bask in a news cycle where the focus is chaos at the White House.

Now, a number of Democrats in Congress, including the leadership, are seeking more than a recusal. "It's pretty clear he lied". ICYMI, those meetings led to Flynn's firing from the Trump Administration. What the hell is going on here?

"There is no choice but for Mr. Boente to appoint a special prosecutor", Schumer said in a statement. Sessions was a senator at the time and an adviser to the Trump campaign.

"They did spend time listening to conversations between then-Senator Jeff Sessions and the ambassador to Russian Federation while he was in his Senate office", Lewandowski said.

As evidence mounts that he, the president's son-in-law Jared Kushner and other members of Trump's team communicated with Russian officials during and after the presidential campaign, what observers here are increasingly calling "Russiagate" threatens to scuttle attempts to reset the USA relationship with Moscow. The attorney general's office called in to say he hadn't.

Kushner has not met with Kislyak since then, Hicks added. In 2014, Trump donated $2,000 to Sessions' Senate re-election campaign, even though the senator was unopposed.

That assessment differs from the view of USA intelligence agencies, which released a report in January declaring that "Putin and the Russian government aspired to help President-elect Trump's election chances when possible by discrediting Secretary [Hillary] Clinton and publicly contrasting her unfavorably to him".

Kemlin spokesman Dmitri Peskov denied Russian Federation has ever interfered and has no plans to ever interfere in the domestic affairs of other countries, speaking to journalists Wednesday.

When asked for reaction to the characterization of Kislyak as a spy, Peskov said "nobody has heard a single statement from USA intelligence agencies' representatives regarding our ambassador. Again, these are some depersonalized assumptions of the media that are constantly trying to blow this situation out of proportion".

Or so it must seem to President Donald Trump who, just five weeks into his term and two weeks after having to fire his national security adviser, has now watched his closest Cabinet ally neutered in a key role.

In response, Sessions rebuffed allegations over his secret ties to the Kremlin.

"There must be an independent investigation into the election".

In his hearing to become the Attorney General, Senator Al Franken asked Sessions, "If there is any evidence that anyone affiliated with the Trump campaign communicated with the Russian government in the course of this campaign, what will you do?"

While Attorney General Jeff Sessions has thus far remained unrepentant in the face of accusations of perjury and the growing call to step down, his reluctant recusal on Thursday from federal investigations into possible foreign meddling in the 2016 election could pave the way for a special prosecutor and thus a greater chance of impartiality in the Russian Federation probe.

Sessions at the time said he did not have any contact with Russian officials, though a Washington Post report last week revealed he spoke with Kislyak twice. "Ever." National Review's Charles C.W. Cooke quickly turned up two tweets from Ms. McCaskill from 2013 and 2015 discussing her meetings with the Russian ambassador.

This story will updated if there are new developments.

  • Julie Sanders