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Pelosi: Sessions Lied, Should Resign

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By    |   Wednesday, 01 Mar 2017 11:50 PM

Attorney General Jeff Sessions lied during his Senate confirmation hearing about contact with the Russian ambassador to the United States and should resign, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said in a written statement Wednesday night.

"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.

"Attorney General Sessions has never had the credibility to oversee the FBI investigation of senior Trump officials' ties to the Russians," she said. "That is why Democrats have consistently called for Sessions to recuse himself from any oversight of the investigation.

"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," she said. " There must be an independent, bipartisan, outside commission to investigate the Trump political, personal and financial connections to the Russians."

Rep. Elijah Cummings said in a statement that Sessions "should resign immediately, and there is no longer any question that we need a truly independent commission to investigate this issue."

Democratic Sen. Elizabeth Warren also called for Sessions to resign.

Sessions issued his own statement Tuesday after the story was first reported by The Washington Post. Sessions said his two meetings with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak were made as part of his work as a U.S. senator and member of the Armed Services Commitee -- not as a Trump surrogate. He said he did not discuss the campaign with Kislyak.

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