Sen. Collins, Rep. Poliquin call on Sessions to withdraw from Russian Federation probe

Carla Harmon
March 4, 2017

The Justice Department added that Sessions talked to the Russian ambassador in his capacity as a then-member of the Senate Armed Services Committee. "It really hurts to think that Jeff doesn't cherish the afternoons we spent sitting in his office exchanging information about everything under the sun". Frank LoBiondo (R-2) and Rep. Leonard Lance (R-7) have both asked for a recusal from Sessions and for the attorney general to clarify his testimony. "How could he be so cruel?"

Remember way back when (last month) when national security adviser Michael Flynn resigned following reports that he was communicating with Russian Federation and lied about it to Vice President Mike Pence?

Sarah Isgur Flores, a Justice Department spokeswoman, told the Post that Sessions met with Kislyak not as a campaign surrogate, but as a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee.

"I have not met with any Russians at any time to discuss any political campaign and those remarks are unbelievable to me and are false", Mr Sessions said.

The U.S. intelligence community has concluded that Russian Federation hacked the U.S. elections. Sessions made the comments at a hastily arranged news conference after several of his fellow Republicans in Congress called for him to recuse himself from investigations and Democrats urged him to resign.

House Speaker Paul Ryan said Thursday he sees no reason for Attorney General Jeff Sessionsto recuse himself from Russia-related investigations unless they pertain to him directly.

Sessions explained that the question he received from Sen.

The letter, dated 2 March 2017, cited news reports, notably those of the Washington Post, documenting meetings between Sessions and Kislyak, one of which took place on 8 September 2016 while the Republican National Convention was underway.

"Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) asked Sessions in writing whether he's been in contact with anyone connected to any part of the Russian government about the 2016 election, either before or after election day?" Bill Clinton's Attorney General appointed a special prosecutor in 1994 to investigate the Whitewater affair and that investigation eventually uncovered what became the Monica Lewinsky scandal and ultimately, impeachment. The Attorney General told his confirmation hearing in January that he "did not have communications with the Russians" and did not know of any by other campaign staff.

On Friday, he accused Chuck Schumer, the top Democrat in the Senate, of double standards for having met Russian President Vladimir Putin himself.

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