All Democrats on the House Judiciary Committee are calling for an “immediate criminal investigation” into statements Attorney General Jeff Sessions made to Congress about his contact with Russian officials.
“We would also ask that the investigation consider any involvement or knowledge the Trump Administration and Trump Campaign may have regarding these matters,” the 17 Democratic members wrote in a letter to FBI Director James Comey and U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia Channing Phillips.
A Washington Post report revealed that Sessions talked to the Russian ambassador to the U.S. on two occasions during the 2016 presidential campaign – but didn’t mention those meetings during his Senate confirmation hearing in January.
When asked at the hearing what he would do if there was evidence someone with the Trump campaign had communicated with the Russian government, Sessions responded: “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.”
Sessions denied Thursday that he ever discussed campaign issues with any Russian officials.
“Efforts by Attorney General Sessions to assert that his testimony was not false or even misleading because he met with the Russian Ambassador in his capacity as a Senator, rather than a campaign representative, appear to be disingenuous at best as the questions put to him did not in any way ask if the meeting was campaign related,” the House Judiciary Democrats wrote in their letter.
“We would ask the FBI and the United States Attorney’s Office for Washington, DC to take up an immediate criminal investigation into these statements which could potentially implicate a number of criminal laws including Lying to Congress and Perjury,” it reads.