Sessions Steps Aside

attorney general recuses himself from future congressional investigations of Russia


Anna Gyori, Staff Writer

Late Wednesday night, The Washington Post reported the newly confirmed Attorney General, Jeff Sessions, met with the Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak twice during the election.

Why does this matter?

Many say it doesn’t matter at all. Former senator Sessions was a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee and often met with foreign officials.

Sessions claims that the election was not discussed during the meeting. According to him, it was a routine conversation which Kislyak engaged both with himself and with many other senators.

Congressional republicans are mostly behind Sessions, but democrats think otherwise. Many left-winged senators and house members have called for Sessions to resign.

But, it’s not for the conducting of the meeting itself. It’s for lying under oath.

Democrat leaders such as Minority Leader Chuck Schumer claim that during his confirmation hearing, Sessions intentionally mislead the senate when asked about contact with Russia during the election.

Sessions, in a news conference on Thursday, defended himself by saying that his answer was truthful to the question that was asked.

At this point, the actual exchange during the confirmation should be considered.

Senator Al Franken:  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?

Senator Jeff Sessions: 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.

Later in a letter sent to Sessions following up on questions remaining after the confirmation hearing this exchange occurred.

Senator Patrick Leahy: Several of the President-elect’s nominees or senior advisers have Russian ties. Have you been in contact with anyone connected to any part of the Russian government about the 2016 election, either before or after election day?

Senator Jeff Sessions: No.

The information above should be sufficient enough to decide whether or not you believe he lied. At the end of the day it up to Congress and the Justice Department to investigate and decide whether any illegal activity occurred.

Regardless of the legality of the conversation, Attorney General Sessions recused himself from leading any investigations into Russian contact with the Trump campaign.