The firestorm of controversy that ignited when it was discovered that Attorney General Jeff Sessions had secretly met with Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak is showing no signs of dying down.
Senator Al Franken (D-MN) has just accused former Alabama Senator Sessions of felony perjury – lying under oath – for failing to disclose those meetings during his Senate confirmation hearing.
“It’s hard to come to any other conclusion than he just perjured himself.” said Franken to CNN’s Jake Tapper earlier this evening.
Sessions claims that the meetings with Kislyak were undertaken in his capacity as a Senator, not as a Trump campaign surrogate – which are impossible to separate. The notorious racist submitted formal excuses to the Judiciary Committee earlier this week, but Franken deemed them to be inadequate. “That’s a ridiculous response. It’s not a clarification at all,” said Franken of Sessions’ half-hearted attempt to explain himself.
Franken has demanded that Sessions reappear before the Senate Judiciary Committee to face the music; however, Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-IA) has said that won’t be necessary.
Sessions originally told the Senate that ““I have been called a surrogate at a time or two in that campaign and I did not have communications with the Russians.” When it became clear that he had, in fact, had communications with the Russians, he simply said that he didn’t think the converstations were “relevant.”
With rumors swirling about President Trump’s potentially treasonous collusion with the White House and the unconfirmed allegations that it was Sessions that introduced Russian oil darling Carter Page to the Trump campaign, the American people deserve to know what really happened in those meetings.
Sessions has had to recuse himself from the Trump-Russia investigation over his lies. It’s far past time he resigned from his post as well and paid the price for breaking the law.
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Colin Taylor is the editor-in-chief of Occupy Democrats. He graduated from Bennington College with a Bachelor's degree in history and political science. He now focuses on advancing the cause of social justice and equality in America.