McCaskill Calls For Attorney General Jeff Sessions To Resign

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March 2, 2017 10:14 a.m.

Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-MO) joined several other Democrats in calling for Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ resignation Thursday, after the Washington Post reported that Sessions met twice with the Russian ambassador to the United States during the presidential campaign.

Sessions told the Senate Judiciary Committee during his confirmation process in January that he had not met with any Russian during the campaign, though a White House official told TPM Thursday that Sessions “met with the ambassador in an official capacity as a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, which is entirely consistent with his testimony.”

In a statement emailed to TPM, McCaskill said Sessions had “misled” the Judiciary Committee.

“Attorney General Sessions met one-on-one with the Russian ambassador in the midst of a Russian cyber campaign against the U.S., and then misled the Judiciary Committee under oath about that meeting,” she said. “He then tried to excuse it by saying it was part of the normal course of his Armed Services Committee work.”

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“Claire has never met one-on-one with the ambassador, and never received a call from him. She did attend a group meeting about adoptions with other Senators, and had a brief proactive call with the ambassador amid calls to several other parties to the Iran nuclear deal. Attorney General Sessions, on the other hand, misled the Senate under oath,” the statement concludes.

McCaskill had earlier claimed Thursday, on her on Twitter account, that “I’ve been on the Armed Services Com for 10 years.No call or meeting w/Russian ambassador. Ever. Ambassadors call members of Foreign Rel Com.”

However, that was seemingly quickly disproven:

This post has been updated.

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