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Blumenthal: Sessions Should Testify Under Oath About Meeting

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By    |   Friday, 03 Mar 2017 08:12 AM

Attorney General Jeff Sessions should be brought back to the Senate Judiciary Committee and testify again under oath about his meeting with Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak, as that's the "only way he can really restore full trust and credibility" for the Justice Department, Sen. Richard Blumenthal said Friday.

"He certainly made a seemingly false statement," the Connecticut Democrat, a member of Judiciary Committee, told MSNBC's "Morning Joe" program, after host Joe Scarborough asked him "point blank" if Sessions had lied to the committee.

"There's no way to explain it based on what we know now other than to say it was a false denial of that meeting, which is why he needs to come back and testify under oath," Blumenthal said.

If Sessions returns to to the committee, Blumenthal wants him to explain what was said during his Sept. 8 meeting with the ambassador, as it was during the height of the campaign season between now-President Donald Trump and Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton, and as reports were breaking about Russian interference.

Also, Blumenthal said he wants to know how the meeting took place, who has notes about it that can be examined, what came of the meeting, and if there were any others.

When asked if he believes perjury charges should be pursued against Sessions, Blumenthal said he believes Sessions should be cooperative in the investigation.

"The FBI is at the tip of that spear and we need to know all of the facts involving potential complicity or connection between the Trump campaign but, also, the Trump transition team and the Trump administration and the Russian interference," Blumenthal said. "It was not just an accidental or coincidental interference, it was a sustained attack on our democratic institution, an act of war, a cyberattack on the United States of America, and that's really the focus that I think should be right now.

Perjury violations are also complex and difficult to prove, Blumenthal added, and the important thing is to protect the country and the "integrity of our democratic institution."

Blumenthal said he also believes there was involvement or knowledge by members of Trump's campaign about Russian interference, as is "clearly apparent from the circumstantial evidence," but he admitted there needs to be more proof before conclusions are drawn.

The most important point, Blumenthal said, is to avoid a cover-up, which is as bad, often, as the crime at hand.

He does believe that if the FBI has the resources it needs, its trained professionals can uncover the truth, but the agency needs the freedom from political interference to do its job, and that includes appointing a special prosecutor.

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