Atty. Gen. Sessions should ‘explain himself’ to Senate Judiciary Committee, Franken says

The following article by Laura King was posted on the Los Angeles Times website March 5, 2017:

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Atty. Gen. Jeff Sessions should reappear before the Senate Judiciary Committee to explain his contacts with Russia’s ambassador to Washington, Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) said Sunday.

It was a question by Franken during Sessions’ confirmation hearing that elicited the then-nominee’s assertion that he had not met with any Russians during the presidential campaign, to which Sessions served as an advisor.

Franken, appearing on ABC’s “This Week,” said he wanted to give Sessions “the benefit of the doubt,” but that Sessions needed to clear up why he had not acknowledged two meetings with the Russian envoy, Sergey Kislyak, during the 2016 campaign.

Following the Washington Post’s disclosure of the meetings, Sessions recused himself from investigations surrounding Russian involvement in the campaign, but Franken said that did not end the matter.

“The attorney general owes it to the Judiciary Committee to come back and explain himself,” he said. “If he lied knowingly, he committed perjury.”

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