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3/2/2017 1:31:00 PM
Calls grow for Sessions to withdraw from probe

By ERIC TUCKER

Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — A growing number of Republicans joined Democratic leaders Thursday in calling for Attorney General Jeff Sessions to step aside from an investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 White House election.

Top Democrats demanded that Sessions go further and resign as the nation’s top law enforcement officer after the revelation that he had twice talked with Moscow’s U.S. envoy during the campaign. Sessions’ conversations with Ambassador Sergey Kislyak seem to contradict Sessions’ sworn statements to Congress during his confirmation hearings.

House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi accused Sessions of “lying under oath,” and she and Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer said he should step down. Schumer said the Justice Department should appoint a special prosecutor to examine whether the federal investigation into the Kremlin’s meddling in the U.S. election has been compromised by Sessions.

“There’s nothing wrong with meeting with the Russian ambassador. If there was nothing wrong, why don’t you just tell the truth?” Schumer said. “It was definitely extremely misleading to say the least”

“I have said that, when it’s appropriate, I will recuse myself” from the investigation, Sessions told MSNBC on Thursday.

There’s no need, said White House spokesman Sean Spicer. “There’s nothing to recuse himself from” Spicer said in an interview with Fox News. He said that Sessions was “100 percent straight” about his contacts with Russia and that people playing politics with the issue “should be ashamed of themselves.”

At least three House Republicans — Reps. Jason By ERIC TUCKER

Associated Press

 

WASHINGTON (AP) — A growing number of Republicans joined Democratic leaders Thursday in calling for Attorney General Jeff Sessions to step aside from an investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 White House election.

Top Democrats demanded that Sessions go further and resign as the nation’s top law enforcement officer after the revelation that he had twice talked with Moscow’s U.S. envoy during the campaign. Sessions’ conversations with Ambassador Sergey Kislyak seem to contradict Sessions’ sworn statements to Congress during his confirmation hearings.

House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi accused Sessions of “lying under oath,” and she and Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer said he should step down. Schumer said the Justice Department should appoint a special prosecutor to examine whether the federal investigation into the Kremlin’s meddling in the U.S. election has been compromised by Sessions.

“There’s nothing wrong with meeting with the Russian ambassador. If there was nothing wrong, why don’t you just tell the truth?” Schumer said. “It was definitely extremely misleading to say the least”

“I have said that, when it’s appropriate, I will recuse myself” from the investigation, Sessions told MSNBC on Thursday.

There’s no need, said White House spokesman Sean Spicer. “There’s nothing to recuse himself from” Spicer said in an interview with Fox News. He said that Sessions was “100 percent straight” about his contacts with Russia and that people playing politics with the issue “should be ashamed of themselves.”

At least three House Republicans — Reps. Jason 




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