Democrats are calling on Attorney General Jeff Sessions to resign for speaking with the Russian ambassador to the U.S.
"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," said Democratic House Minority Leader Rep. Nancy Pelosi of California, in a statement.
"Attorney General Sessions has never had the credibility to oversee the FBI investigation of senior Trump officials’ ties to the Russians," Pelosi continued. "That is why Democrats have consistently called for Sessions to recuse himself from any oversight of the investigation."
She added: "Now, after lying under oath to Congress about his own communications with the Russians, the Attorney General must resign. Sessions is not fit to serve as the top law enforcement officer of our country and must resign. There must be an independent, bipartisan, outside commission to investigate the Trump political, personal and financial connections to the Russians."
"For the good of the country, Attorney General Jeff Sessions should resign," said Democratic Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer of New York, according to the New York Times.
The latest Democratic protest against the GOP was sparked after anonymous Justice Department officials told The Washington Post that Sessions spoke with Russian Ambassador to the U.S. Sergey Kislyak during the 2016 presidential campaign. The details of the conversation were not disclosed by the leakers, but the fact that Sessions said he never spoke with the Russian ambassador while under oath during his Senate confirmation hearing has inspired new calls for his resignation.
"I never met with any Russian officials to discuss issues of the campaign," Sessions said in response to the Democratic calls for his resignation, according to The New York Times. "I have no idea what this allegation is about. It is false."
But even Republicans are hesitating to defend Sessions and have even called upon him to recuse himself from the ongoing investigation into Russia's alleged interference in the U.S. election.
"Jeff Sessions is a former colleague and a friend, but I think it would be best for him and for the country to recuse himself from the DOJ Russia probe," said Republican Sen. Rob Portman of Ohio.
Republican Rep. Jason Chaffetz of Utah, the lead Republican on the Benghazi probe that dogged former Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton's campaign, also said Sessions should step away from the Russia investigation.
"AG Sessions should clarify his testimony and recuse himself," Chaffetz said.