"The Attorney General Must Resign": Pelosi, Top Democrats Calls For Sessions' Immediate Termination

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It took minutes, not hours, for top congressional Democrats to call on Trump's Attorney General Jeff Sessions to resign on Wednesday evening after the WaPo reported that he had allegedly met with the Russian ambassador in the months before the election, meetings that Sessions did not disclose during his confirmation hearings.

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) led the effort late on Wednesday night, accusing Sessions of "lying under oath" during confirmation proceedings about his contacts with the Russians.

"Jeff Sessions lied under oath during his confirmation hearing before the Senate. Under penalty of perjury, he told the Senate Judiciary Committee, 'I have been called a surrogate at a time or two in that campaign and I did not have communications with the Russians.' We now know that statement is false," Pelosi said in a statement. She then added that "The Attorney General must resign. There must be an independent, bipartisan, outside commission to investigate the Trump political, personal and financial connections to the Russians.”

Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.), the ranking member on the House oversight committee, also called on Sessions to resign, as did Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.).

Richard Painter, the former White House ethics lawyer to President George W. Bush from 2005 to 2007, also blasted Sessions and in a statement on Twitter said that "misleading the Senate in sworn testimony about one own contacts with the Russians is a good way to go to jail."

Responding to the WaPo report, in a statement issued early on Thursday morning, Sessions said, "I never met with any Russian officials to discuss issues of the campaign. I have no idea what this allegation is about. It is false."

To be sure, there is some verbal semantics in play: the WaPo's core allegation is that Sessions did not disclose his meeting with the Russian ambassador Kislyak - which took place in July and September, the second meeting reportedly occurred in Sessions' Senate office - to the Senate when he was asked about "possible contacts between members of President Trump’s campaign and representatives of Moscow." Sessions’s spokesperson at the Department of Justice, Sarah Isgur Flores, says his answer in January was truthful because he was asked about “the Trump campaign, not about meetings he took as a senator and a member of the Armed Services Committee." She added that "there was absolutely nothing misleading about his answer," during the confirmation process, noting that he had over 25 conversations with ambassadors as a member of the Armed Services Committee.

According to the Wednesday Post story, Sessions’ conversations with Kislyak took place in July and September. The second meeting reportedly occurred in Sessions' Senate office. Sessions did not disclose those discussions during his January confirmation hearing in response to a question.

The Post does not provide the full transcript of the question, from Sen. Al Franken (D-MN), and Sessions’s answer. Instead it summarizes the exchange in a way that makes it seem that Sessions was asked if there was any contact at all between the campaign and representatives of the Russian government. What Sessions was asked about was sustained, ongoing communications, a core accusation in the dubious Trump “dossier.”

The C-Span transcript of the meeting is as follows:

Franken: CNN just published a story alleging that the intelligence community provided documents to the president-elect last week, that included information that “Russian operatives claim to have compromising personal and financial information about Mr. Trump.” These documents also allegedly say “there was a continuing exchange of information during the campaign between Trump surrogates and intermediaries for the Russian government.” Again, I’m telling you this as it’s coming out, so you know. But if it’s true, it’s obviously extremely serious, and if there is any evidence that anyone affiliated with the Trump campaign communicated with the Russian government in the course of this campaign, what will you do?

 

Sessions: Senator Franken, I’m not aware of any of those activities. I have been called a surrogate at a time or two in that campaign and I did not have communications with the Russians, and I’m unable to comment on it.

 

Franken: Very well.

Of note: Sessions was not actually asked whether he or anyone affiliated with the campaign had any kind of communication with the Russians, ever. He was asked, first, about “a continuing exchange of information” — repeated contacts between the campaign and representatives of the Russian government. In the full context of Franken’s remarks, Sessions was asked about the allegations in the dossier, and he denied such “communications” to the extent of his ability to do so.

Additionally, the WaPo adds that Sessions was asked by Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-VT) whether he had “been in contact with anyone connected to any part of the Russian government about the 2016 election, either before or after election day." Sessions answered, simply, “no.” And there is no evidence in the Post nor elsewhere to cast doubt on that claim.

In any case, semantics, and for now Democrats are happy to use this line of attack in hopes of repeating a Michael Flynn outcome, and oust Sessions.

As Politico adds, it wasn't just Democrats amping up the pressure. Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham said a special prosecutor should be appointed if investigators find any evidence of wrongdoing by the Trump campaign, adding that Sessions should recuse himself from any investigation into contacts between the campaign and Russia.

"I don't know that there's anything between the Trump campaign and the Russians. I'm not going to base my decision based on newspaper articles," Graham (R-S.C.) said during a CNN town hall where he appeared with Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.). "If there is something there, and it goes up the chain of investigation, it is clear to me that Jeff Sessions, who is my dear friend, cannot make this decision about Trump."

An Obama White House national security official said the administration was gravely concerned in its final days about increasingly apparent ties between Trump associates and Russians, and about what appeared to be promises made by more than one individual to representatives of Russian President Vladimir Putin about policy changes that would occur once Trump was sworn in as president. The senior Obama White House official was not told the names of the specific individuals involved because the official’s portfolio was foreign policy, not intelligence, so they were not briefed on aspects of the investigation involving U.S. persons.

“It seems pretty clear that [former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn] was not a rogue here,” the senior official said. “I don’t believe that Flynn was the only person promising things to the Russians, communicating to them what would happen once the Trump administration came in.”

For now Trump has not gotten himself involved in this latest spat, which could potentially escalate into the resignation of a second key aide to the Trump Administration. Instead, first thing this morning Trump decided to once again highlight the recent market performance, the same market which he previously called a "huge bubble" as confirmation he is doing a good job as president: "Since November 8th, Election Day, the Stock Market has posted $3.2 trillion in GAINS and consumer confidence is at a 15 year high. Jobs!"

Sooner or later, we expect Trump to make an angry statement on the issue, and with that the "conciliatory" Trump that emerged during his Congressional Address will be once again dead and buried.

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Croesus's picture

DIE PELOSI!

Sick of these career traitors...whose "service" has amounted to one colossal screwjob after another.

Kokulakai's picture

Eat shit and DIE PELOSI!

There, fixed it for ya'

N2OJoe's picture

Don't fall for this shit, Trump.

USisCorrupt's picture

I'm with TRUMP !

ARREST the PEDOPHILES ALREADY !

SHUT them UP !

StackShinyStuff's picture

As much as I hate Pelosi and like the idea of what Trump is doing, I would not be upset if Sessions went down.  Do not like at all his views on weed.  Sorry I don't.  Leave it to the states, oh for everything except that?  Got it. 

Whoa Dammit's picture

My dad always said there are some people you can't be nice to. The Dims and the Rinos are those type of people. They view being treated nicely as a weakness. If Trump doesn't kick their asses, we will have 4 years of this shit, and he will get nothing done.

wildbad's picture

Pelosi. You are a corrupt, ignorant, cunt.

I use cunt because I cannot think of a worse insult for you.

You and your husband have used and abused your office for PERSONAL gain enriching yourselves by hundreds of millions if not BILLIONS!

You had better run and hide from the justice system and from god himself when your miserable life winds down.

@Whoa Dammit - your dad was right.

clymer's picture

reinstate Flynn. Have your tweet read something to the effect of, "as a response to these baseless accusations, I am reinstating the great and patriotic General Flynn as my National Security Adviser." ..and then "Reince Priebus has decided to pursue other career options"

new game's picture

thought the same- in your face bitch, suk this flap of skin, you walking dead libtard...

Shocker's picture

Keep moving foward, they will do anything to stop from turning this economy around.

Sorry but we are turning this mess around

Layoff list: http://www.dailyjobcuts.com

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froze25's picture

You know they are scared shitless of Sessions if this is what they are going for. Trump cannot allow him to step down.

gladih8r's picture

What if he met with some ISIS dudes or even the Israeli ambassador, would that have been acceptable?

Talk about making a mountain of shit out of a mole hill.

 

 

froze25's picture

Well if he met with ISIS than McCain wouldn't be undermining Trump at every turn would he now.

VinceFostersGhost's picture

 

 

I talked to the Russians.......SUCK IT!

MagicHandPuppet's picture

Rep. Skeletor (dem) hath spoketh.

 

MalteseFalcon's picture

Sessions is making his own troubles.

Coming out against marijuana was a very low yield maneuver.

Sessions should move off of this issue immediately and not waste a single resource on it.

Sessions and Trump have allowed the Democrats to control the news cycle with issues that are nothing burgers.

Sessions should have been ready to go forward with a high profile prosecution of an Obama underling right out of the box and give the media and the Democrats some raw meat to chew on.

The Democrats hounded Ed Meese after his stint as AG, so there is precedent for going after Eric Holder.

It also helps that Holder is guilty in "Fast and Furious" (at least).

Holder would be effectively removed as an "active piece" for the Democrats and it would be the kind of warning that the opposition would have to respect.

 

MagicHandPuppet's picture

I agree. Sessions should back off the anti-ganja drug war authoritarian b.s. and prosecute an Obama-bot like Holder along with a pedo like Podesta.

Oldwood's picture

What ever you might think about drug laws...or ANY laws for that matter, Trump and Sessions are about enforcing EXISTING LAW. Now that may ruffle a few feathers, but it IS our current crisis. We have NO law as long as existing laws are enforced discriminately.

If you don't like drug laws, CHANGE THEM, put pressure on your representatives until your will is met, but STOP continuing the same ignorant corrupt theme that says laws are arbitrary. This is why we have such a fucked up immigration situation. We have ignored EVERY law in that regard, from actual border patrol to deportation, to "sanctuary cities", to employment laws....EVERY FUCKING LAW is subject to the whims of our overlords, and THAT is exactly what they are when OUR laws are selectively enforced.

Every special interest in this country, left, right and center, seems willing to abandon LAW to advance THEIR agenda.

WRONG

chunga's picture

The big problem with that Oldwood is that the states did change them.

The Saint's picture
The Saint (not verified) chunga Mar 2, 2017 12:16 PM

Use the Obama Administration standard.  Never recuse yourself, Never appoint a special prosecutor, Never resign, Never admit guilt and most importantly Never let them see you cry.

CJgipper's picture

FOLLOW THE NUMBER ONE OBAMA COMMANDMENT -

 

Use the power of the federal government against your political enemies.

 

Obama has committed CRIMES.  CHARGE HIM.  CHARGE Hillary.  CHARGE Holder.  I bet things start changing when criminals are jailed instead of allowed to undermine you.

 

(I'm not advocating filing false charges or investigating people you know did no wrong.  These people DID commit crimes.  Ring them up.  Quit being a pansy.  They would show no such restraint or decorum if the shoe were on the other foot.)

Manthong's picture

I call for the immediate termination of Pelosi….

With Extreme Prejudice.

Manthong's picture

Those of us who have had the indignity to waddle through stinking  swamp water courtesy of .gov/.mil  indoctrination understand that it is not often pretty making things better.

SoDamnMad's picture

Someone show me some real hard evidence that he spoke with the Russian ambassador about somethign other than a courtesy hello.

Not some shit that the WaPo said, or knows someone who said. PROOF

(Just like the tarmac meeting with Loreta Lynch and Bill Clinton talked about grandkids. I didn't see any proof of their conversation)

Pinto Currency's picture

Pelosi's husband allegedly involved in child trafficking.
If so, Sessions will be the end of her.

nmewn's picture

Right after the IRS audits her financial connectins to Del Monte.

And tell em...Charlie sent ya  ;-)

fleur de lis's picture

List everyone who met with the Russian Ambassador in 2016.

Let's see how the Dems spin their alibis when the calendar reflects one-on-one meetings as well as receptions, conferences, purchases and sales, treaties, cultural exchanges, agreements, and contracts.

Putin must be doubled up on the floor laughing at DC and its multitude of pestilent, incompetent morons.

 

 

 

Peacefulwarrior's picture

The difference between Stupidity and Genius is Genius has limits.

krispkritter's picture

Neighbor used the phrase "You can fix anything except stupid and mean."  Pelosi and the Progressive left are both.  I'm all for giving them free self-driving cars and then turning the controls over to a bunch of GTA fans.

idahobandito's picture

excellent idea. list them all and then hire a half dozen special prosecutors to ivestigate the clinton foundation, holder/fast and furious, bengazi, and the state department for sale...double up on Pizzagate. fuck these assholes. Their end game is to try to impeach Trump, and the rino's are there to help.   My Live Oak tree roots are dry. Its about time to water them.

 

Manthong's picture

..it’s not about any f’king Russian communications…

It’s all about internal .gov communist conspiracy,

They infiltrated back when McCarthy was right and they have  been there ever since.

Peacefulwarrior's picture

Right, the Left have a Gargoyle like Senator Schumer to cry on demand when needed!

Oldwood's picture

And yet federal law still stands. Do we IGNORE IT? Are we going to allow laws to stand that are ignored? That is NOT what our nation was founded upon....a nation of LAWS, not MEN. When we simply pick and choose our laws to enforce, we effectively have none. We should live in a free society where laws that do not have support of the people are eliminated, not ignored and laid back for the next unsuspecting fool who, like illegal immigrants, simply believes that they are no longer valid. 

Our conundrum that every right thinking person suffers, is that WE do not know what teh laws ARE because what is WRITTEN means NOTHING. We are left to decide for ourselves what laws are relevant and which are not, leaving us wide open to prosecution by ANY agency for ANY reason....IRS????

We can change federal law. It can be challenged in court...all the way to SCOTUS if needed.

Are we a nation of laws, or of men?

I want my laws few and very clear in their meaning so that no legal expert is required for definition. All else is a ruse to create confusion and chaos, which EMPOWERS our oppressors.

chunga's picture

States rights were a lot moar popular before Trump came along. As you might recall I was pretty staunch about staying home, but we changed our minds for two reasons.

1) Hillary

2) Drain the swamp

The very first priority for Sessions/Trump is privatize prisons? The VERY NEXT priority is go after states rights over pot?

No, neither of those things have one damn thing to do with draining the swamp, not even close. Just look at all the other things that Trump said pre-election and compare them to now.

Warthog777's picture

i hope I'm wrong but Sessions stance on legaized pot may be a result of Trump meeting with Big Pharma and them whining about this "Dangerous Drug".  I can tell you unequivocally that they are against it.  If Trump wants to reduce drug costs, this is a stellar way to do so.

MJ is a wonder drug that has so many benefits and so little side effect that they hate it.  It is cutting into their profits.  For example, studies show a remarkable decrease in pain meds after legalization and increased availability. Also reducing the side effects from opioid use which normally require additional drugs to deal with.  And that is just one of hundreds of effective uses.  We get less opioid addiction, reduced health care costs, and less mortality and morbidity.

The case for legalizing pot use is so obvious that the Solicitor General should go before a Federal Court and seek an immediate injuction against the Federal anti-pot laws, while Congress gets off their asses and passes a new law removing it from controlled substances. We can line up medical use witnesses that would take a year to get them all heard.  Such drastic steps should not be required though as it's pretty open and shut case that pot has such wide spread full spectrum benefits and has been viciously maligned for decades.  As a Physician I can tell you that this miracle plant should be avialable to anyone who needs it. I am also in favor of recreational use as well as it is so much more benign than alcohol, and if people want to get high, they will find a way.

I am disheartened that the new Attorney General chose this stance on this issue as one of his first public positons during his tenure. I hope that he gets his head out of his rectum so he can see the light.  I think he has many more important fish to fry so to speak.

Tactical Joke's picture

I'm pro-legalization, and anti-pharma, but this is poppycock. MJ certainly has uses, and If you need chemicals to get through life, so be it, but stop trying to pretend like weed is going to save the world. It has its risks like anything else.

Weed, the new Tahitian Nani / Acai / insert stupid heath bullshit here.

ClovenSky's picture

Isn't that why we have jury nulification? The ultimate decision rests in the peoples hand, not in our governments. That is what the people are saying with the seperate states passing laws to legalize a plant. The people are saying our government has it wrong.

Oldwood's picture

And in doing so we should allow that to play out. I fail to understand the importance of this law being overturned NOW...RIGHT FUCKING NOW, when we have lived with it for so many years and are facing much more important issues. Yes I understand the symbolism of it, states rights (which I fully support), but we first need to see our laws enforced, and then change those that do not comport with our constitution or public sentiment. Trump has a tiger by the tail here and I see no reason to be attacking him for shit that hasn't happened in reality yet, when he is under full attack over shit that, if he is turned out, will be a MASSIVE loss to everyone (except maybe dope smokers). It is a sad thing to fight over, when so many are suffering, not just in prison, but millions more from terrible addictions. Yes, lets ALL work together to decriminalize pot, but lets not kid ourselves that drugs of all types are a scourge on our world. 

chunga's picture

No you've got the sequence backwards. It was Trump's appointee, Sessions, who brought this up at this time. With all the other things he could possibly do, or say he's going to do, he CHOSE THOSE HIMSELF. It wasn't the media, it wasn't me, it wasn't you, it was THEM.

One last time, because I am just about done with politics, there are OTHER things that have gone on that DO NOT FIT with this Trump fever. Instead of holding his feet to the fire ZH comments are like the Huffington Post in reverse, with nothing but praise for Trump, no matter what he does.

We went from "Draining the Swamp" to "Hillary's been through enough already".

Another anti-swamp drain move is "unleashing Wall Street".

Another one is loading the administration with a shoal of GS squid.

We went from ACA being "a disaster" to now "it's incredibly complicated" and "too hard".

We went from hoping for better relations with Russia to "Russia must give back Crimea".

We went from middle east policy being a "disaster" straight into war drums for Iran.

We went from "respecting the taxpayer's money" to a "historic MIC spending increase".

We went from a travel ban, that did not include Saudi Arabia, and ran it right into a dead end venue.

Tactical Joke's picture

Whosoever downvoteth this art beyond redemption

Book of TJ, verse 5:56

Oldwood's picture

And so you haven't noticed that DRUGS have been a major campaign issue for Trump. His constant references to all of the drugs coming across the border and how they are driving criminal actions. How the Northeastern states are suffering major drug addiction problems as well as associated crime, and they see no difference in between pot and hard drugs because they ALL are associated with crime.

 

So tired of potheads screaming for their rights when ALL of our rights are under attack by progressives who will take every last one of them away from us EXCEPT for possibly anethetizing narcotics, easing our pain in transition. Will THAT make us happy? Why aren't we having the same fight over laws against suicide? Is doing DOPE where our battle needs to be. I don't care what Sessions says about pot, drugs or anything else. What I want to see is a society of laws that works within the mechanizations of our constitution. I don't have to agree with the law or Sessions, but what I do have to do is agree with legality and how we go about establishing laws. What we have now is stupid. The very fact that we have states effectively legalizing pot while federal law prohibits it is completely fucked up, and no matter what you think of Sessions, he DOES NOT MAKE LAW, regardless of what Holder, Obama, and Lynch led you to believe.

Sessions has been approved for what, a WEEK now, and THIS is our concern....REALLY.

I had more hope for rationality among ZHrs.

chunga's picture

A lot of times I agree with you. On this we've reached an impasse.

Pickleton's picture

"So tired of potheads screaming for their rights when ALL of our rights are under attack by progressives who will take every last one of them "

 

Of course, the failed WoD is the primary avenue of attack into all of those rights, but please keep whining like a bitch with your own prejudice (potheads).

 

Warthog777's picture

Yes, you and oldwood are both right.  The federal law needs to be changed.  Pot needs to be removed from the controlled substances list immediately. In the mean time Juries should shoot down any prosecution except sales to minors.  Problem is most people don't know about jury nullification and the legal system likes it that way.

MalteseFalcon's picture

The laws were changed thru the referendum process.

The people have spoken.

But this is irrelevant.

Do you and Jeff Sessions want to win?

nc551's picture

I get that Oldwood, but to enforce unconstitutional laws is worse than arbitrary enforcement IMHO.

Oldwood's picture

It is supposed to be for our courts to decide what is constitutional. We know they have failed us on many counts, but if we are to abandon that premise, then what do we have beyond anarchy?