[U.S]–The Democratic Party has called for the resignation of Attotney-General, Jeff Sessions, following the revelation of his involvement with Russian officials during the 2016 presidential elections.
Sessions, who was a member of the Trump campaign had denied being in contact with the Russians during the course of the elections back in January in his confirmation hearing.
When asked point-blank if he had any form of contact with emissaries from the former USSR powerhouse, Sessions’ exact words were: “I did not have communications with the Russians.”
Democratic House Minority Leader, Nancy Pelosi, accused Sessions of lying under oath and misleading the Justice Department.
The Democrats have also cried foul over the fact that Sessions’ position as Attorney-General puts him in charge of the FBI investigation into the case of Russia’s alleged manipulation of the electioneering process – the same case in which he has now been compromised.
The scandal began after Washington Post reported, alongside confirmation from the justice department that Sessions in fact met with Russian Ambassador, Sergei Kislyak as a member of the Senate Armed Forces Committee twice last year.
In response to the call for his resignation, the White House has labeled the controversy a creation of the opposition party to undermine the administration. Coming to his own defense, Sessions issued a statement on Wednesday night, saying : “I never met with any Russian officials to discuss issues of the campaign. I have no idea what this allegation is about. It is false.”
Justice department spokeswoman Sarah Isgur Flores also supported Sessions’ argument. claiming that there had been “absolutely nothing misleading about his answer” at the confirmation hearing.
“He was asked during the hearing about communications between Russia and the Trump campaign – not about meetings he took as a senator and a member of the Armed Services Committee,” she said.Please Follow Us @ThePageNg