It’s not often that a Congressman calls for the resignation of a sitting U.S. Attorney General, but Representative Ted Lieu (D-CA) did just that yesterday on CNN.
Saying that Jeff Sessions “absolutely” committed perjury when testifying in front of Congress about his knowledge of interactions between the Trump campaign and Russian government officials, Rep. Lieu told Wolf Blitzer:
“He lied under oath at least twice and most recently, both Carter Page and George Papadopoulos, based on their testimony and their statements, they show that Jeff Sessions contradicted himself when he said he was not aware of any campaign official talking to the Russians.”
Rep. Lieu was adamant that The Attorney General should resign for the sake of rule of law and justice in this country.
“The top law enforcement official in the United States cannot have committed a crime and still be there….He committed perjury. He should not be in that position,” said Lieu.
In his sworn testimony in front of a Senate committee last June, Sessions claimed that he could not “recall” any meetings between Trump campaign staffers and Russian government representatives. Yet just last week it was revealed that Carter Page, a former foreign policy aide to the Trump campaign, testified in front of a House committee that he told Sessions during the campaign about a trip was planning to take to Russia before he left.
George Papadopoulos, the Trump advisor who plead guilty to lying to the FBI about his activities, mentioned in a campaign meeting that Sessions also attended that he had connections that could arrange a meeting between Putin and Trump. According to the New York Times, Sessions was against the idea and advised everyone to keep quiet about it to avoid having the idea damage Trump’s campaign.
If any of this is true, and there’s no reason to believe it isn’t, then Sessions is either a perjurer and should resign as Representative Lieu demands or has a memory faulty enough to constitute incapacity and should resign as Representative Lieu demands.
The unfortunate problem is that if Jeff Sessions resigns then Trump can appoint a new Attorney General who won’t have any conflicts of interest in the Russia probe, won’t have to recuse themselves, and can then fire the special prosecutor Robert Mueller, leaving the entire investigation under the direct control of a Trump appointee.
Perhaps we can just convince the entire administration to resign simultaneously. Mr. Mueller, is there anything you can do to help hasten that?