As reported by the Associated Press today, US Attorney General Jeff Sessions is under fire from top Democrats to resign from his post due to accusations of being involved with what some have said as Russian interference in the 2016 US presidential elections. The report does not state how Russia may have interfered with the elections. The report goes on to say that Sessions was asked by former Saturday Night Live actor Senator Al Franken (D-MN) “what he would do if there were evidence that anyone from the Trump campaign had been in touch with the Russian government during the campaign”. The report states that Sessions replied that he was, “unaware of those activities”. It was unclear in the report if the question was directed at Sessions himself or others in the campaign staff. The AP report goes on to say that Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT), issued a written question to Sessions in January asking if, “he had been in contact with anyone connected to any part of the Russian government about the 2016 election, either before or after Election Day.” Sessions reply to that question was, “No”.
Although Attorney General Sessions was in contact with Russians during the campaign as part of his duties as a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, it was not understood from the report if Sessions actually did speak to Russians specifically about the 2016 presidential election and how that may have influenced the election. White House spokesman Sean Spicer said that Sessions was, “100 percent straight” and those playing politics, “should be ashamed of themselves.” House Speaker Paul Ryan stated that Sessions should only recuse himself if he is a subject of the probe. Yesterday, Sessions said, “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.”