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Calls mount for U.S. Attorney General Sessions to resign in light of apparent Russia perjury

Jeff Sessions testifying before the U.S. Senate

The tangled web with Russian dictator Vladimir Putin woven by Donald Trump and his minions continues to grow more and more sticky. Earlier this week, it was North Carolina Senator Richard Burr who found himself caught up in the mess. This morning, it’s Trump’s already controversial and embattled Attorney General Jeff Sessions.

This is from NBC News:

“Top Democrats issued demands for Attorney General Jeff Sessions to immediately resign late Wednesday following news that he met with the Russian ambassador to the U.S. during the 2016 presidential campaign.

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts were among those who called for the attorney general to step down.”

Think Progress has the details on the apparent perjury:

“Attorney General Jeff Sessions spoke twice with the Russian ambassador while he was serving as a top adviser to Donald Trump’s presidential campaign, the Washington Post reports.

During his confirmation hearings in January, Sessions was asked directly about whether he was aware of any contacts between Trump surrogates and the Russian government during the campaign.

Sessions acknowledged that he was a surrogate of the Trump campaign. But he definitively said that he had no contacts with Russia. ‘I did not have communications with the Russians,’ he told Sen. Al Franken (D-MN).

He was testifying under oath.

Now, Sessions has admitted that he did have two conversations with the Russian ambassador?—?in July and September of 2016.

A spokeswoman for Sessions, oddly, maintains that ‘[t]here was absolutely nothing misleading about his answer’ at the January hearing.

The Wall Street Journal reports that ‘U.S. investigators have examined contacts Attorney General Jeff Sessions had with Russian officials during the time he was advising Donald Trump’s presidential campaign.’ It’s unclear whether this investigation is ongoing.

Republican Sen. Lindsay Graham (SC) said that, if Sessions spoke with the Russian ambassador, there needs to be a special prosecutor appointed.”

Interestingly, as Think Progress also reports this morning, Sessions himself made it plain several years ago that he believes that anyone who commits perjury must be removed from public office. Let’s hope the man has the decency to live up to his own standards in this regard.

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