Poll says majority of Americans want Jeff Sessions to resign

Poll says majority of Americans want Jeff Sessions to resign

Poll says majority of Americans want Jeff Sessions to resign

Franken confronted Rosenstein over Attorney General Jeff Sessions' two undisclosed meetings a year ago with the Russian ambassador to the USA, asking if he will prosecute any potential illicit contact between Donald Trump's 2016 presidential campaign and Russian officials.

But during confirmation hearings Tuesday for the deputy attorney general - who would have jurisdiction over any Russian investigations after Sessions recused himself - and associate attorney general, Franken said Sessions' response was insufficient.

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Asked in a confirmation hearing if he was ready to name an independent investigator to examine contacts between Trump aides and Russian officials before and after the November 8 election, Rosenstein replied: "I am, when I determine it is appropriate based on policies and procedures of the Justice Department". Franken said Sessions had gotten himself into trouble by not mentioning he had two contacts with the Russian ambassador previous year. "I think the - the answer is I'm simply not in a position to answer the question".

"I do not recall any discussions with the Russian ambassador, or any other representative of the Russian government, regarding the political campaign on these occasions or any other occasion", Sessions wrote.

Instead of returning to testify before Congress about his recently revealed meetings with Russia, Attorney General Jeff Sessions released a letter Monday denying that he'd misinformed Congress and the public, insisting his statements were correct all along.

JEFF SESSIONS, ATTORNEY GENERAL: Senator Franken, I'm not aware of any of those activities. Al Franken (D-MN) about communications between the Trump campaign and Russian officials.

So, yesterday, Attorney General Sessions sent a letter defending what he told you during his confirmation hearing.

Of course, the question didn't ask about the Russian ambassador. "Because this appears to me like he was - and I have been, I've bent over backward not to say that he lied".

"I can't help but notice the selective nature of these latest calls for a special counsel", he will say.

He said Sessions should come before the committee again in order to explain what had happened.

He now says he should have "slowed down" and answered Franken's question more fully.

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