Schumer Says Sessions Should Resign, Calls for Special Prosecutor
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) called on Attorney General Jeff Sessions to resign in the wake of a report that he had contact with the Russian ambassador last year and did not disclose it to senators during the confirmation process.
Schumer said it's "better for the country if he resigns," but that the most important thing is that a real investigation takes place.
"Has it already been compromised?" Schumer asked.
He said the Justice Department should immediately appoint a special prosecutor to investigate the Russian interference in the election and asked Sessions to immediately recuse himself from the process.
He argued that Sessions had "weeks" to correct his answers to the Senate Judiciary Committee about his prior communications with Russian officials.
"If there is truly no 'there' there, why won't they tell the truth?" Schumer asked.
Sessions has called the report "false," saying he "never met with any Russian officials to discuss issues of the campaign."
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) echoed Schumer's call for Sessions' resignation a few minutes later.
Pelosi said Sessions "lied under oath" to the Senate and to the American people about his communication with Russia.
Nancy Pelosi says Sessions should be investigated—calls again for an "independent, bipartisan" investigation into Trump-Russia alleged ties. pic.twitter.com/ntwDNimmN8
— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) March 2, 2017
The White House issued the following statement:
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. It's no surprise Senator Al Franken is pushing this story immediately following President Trump's successful address to the nation.