Bipartisan Group Of Senators Demand Sessions To ‘Re-Testify’ Before Congress
To say that Attorney General Jeff Sessions is on “thin ice” is an understatement. Sesson’s risk of prosecution has risen since his deceptive testimony before Congress was exposed in several news reports last week. Now, Senators from both parties want him to go back to “clarify” his previous “untruthful” testimony.
Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) said on Sunday that Sessions needs to return to the Senate Judiciary Committee to answer questions about alleged collusion between the Trump campaign after recent revelations suggest that Sessions’ previous statements were false.
“Jeff, you need to tell us everything you know about Russia. So yeah, he probably should come back, and answer the question yet again ‘did you know anything about an effort by the Trump campaign to meet with Russia, not just collude with Russia,'” Graham told Chris Wallace on “Fox News Sunday,” issuing a direct appeal to the attorney general.
“This is getting a bit old with Jeff Sessions,” he continued.
“I asked a question ‘did anyone ever talk to you about talking with the Russians? I didn’t ask about collusions. So we now know that somebody at a meeting, Mr. Papadopoulos, raised the idea of meeting with Putin. There’s nothing wrong with Trump meeting with Putin if he wanted to it. It would be wrong to have the Russians help the Trump campaign,” he said.
Graham’s comments come after it was reported that unsealed court documents revealed that Trump and Sessions were aware of correspondence between members of the campaign and Russian actors, despite saying earlier this year they were unaware of such communications.
Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) also called Sessions to return to the Judiciary Committee to clarify his testimony that he was unaware of contacts between Trump campaign officials and Russia.
“It seems to me Sen. (Al) Franken (D-Minn.) has been very good in outlining the various instances where there was more than one contact on behalf of Sessions,” Feinstein told CNN’s Jake Tapper on “State of the Union.” “Whether he remembers it or not, I think some of that needs to be developed further. I think that request has been made by Franken, and I think (Sessions) should come back and clarify it.”
Feinstein, the ranking Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee, said she plans to discuss bringing Sessions back to re-testify with Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa.), the committee’s chairman.
“We certainly don’t want us to tell us things that aren’t true,” Feinstein said of Sessions on Sunday. “Maybe he has a faulty memory, so there are a lot of excuses one can make. But at this stage, he’s got to narrow his recollections. When he comes before the committee again, he has to be precise and it has to be accurate.”
Watch Feinstein’s interview below:
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