This Thursday Attorney General Jeff Sessions decided to recuse himself from any potential investigation concerning Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election. His decision came after the barrage of controversy around his meetings with Russian ambassador. However, many Democrat representatives are not satisfied and are asking for Session’s resignation.
During his confirmation:
Al Franken, D-Minnesota, asked Sessions what he would do if he learned that “anyone affiliated with the Trump campaign communicated with the Russian government in the course of this campaign.”
He answered that:
“I’m not aware of any of those activities. … I did not have communications with the Russians, and I’m unable to comment on it.”
Days later, Sessions denied again that he has contacted “any part of the Russian government about the 2016 election”.
Although it turned out that Sessions met the Russian ambassador twice, the AG affirmed that “nothing improper happened” and that he believed that he was asked about any discussion pertaining to the Trump campaign, not about meetings in his job function as a senator.
As expected, Democrats are suspicious of the meeting and do not think that recusing himself is good enough.
“Attorney General Sessions’ narrow recusal and his sorry attempt to explain away his perjury are totally inadequate,” Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said in a statement.
Many are asking for a special prosecutors to investigate the Russian intrusion and some even want Sessions to resign arguing that he purposely misled the committee.
“The cover-up may be as bad or worse as the crime,’ Democratic Sen. Richard Blumenthal said on MSNBC after Sessions’ announcement. “And the American people deserve the whole truth here.”
Although Democrats think that Sessions’ meetings are suspicious, it is common for senators to meet with foreign officials.
Republican legislators pointed out that there is no proof that Sessions tried to mislead Congress during his confirmation and this accusation seems the product of the Democrat’s desire to connect Trump’s presidential campaign with Russian officials.
White House Deputy Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said that:
“This is the latest attack against the Trump administration by partisan Democrats. General Sessions met with the ambassador in an official capacity as a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, which is entirely consistent with his testimony.”
Is the Democrat’s request for the General Attorney’s resignation justified or is it a misunderstanding blown out of proportion for political purposes?
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