What was once just a wisp of smoke coming from the White House is now turning into billowing plumes. A report from The Washington Post alleged Attorney General Jeff Sessions had lied to Congress during his confirmation hearing when he said he never had contact with any Russian officials before the election. He did. Twice.
AG Sessions is the second member of President Trump’s administration to have lied about contact with the same Russian official.
While Republicans have done all they could to stamp out this fire, the accusations are getting harder to control. They’re now demanding Sessions recuse himself from any future investigations on Russia and are demanding he clarify his involvement with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak.
The head of the House Oversight Committee, Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) said:
— CBS News (@CBSNews) March 2, 2017
House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Cali.) said:
Rep. Kevin McCarthy – House GOP No. 2 – on Sessions: “I think in the trust of the American people, you recuse yourself in these situations.”
— David Wright (@DavidWright_CNN) March 2, 2017
During a town hall meeting, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) was also informed while on stage about the breaking report on Sessions and he said Sessions should recuse himself if the meeting did occur.
— Sophia Miller 💙 (@SophiaMillerC) March 2, 2017
Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) also gave a lukewarm response to a Sessions recusal:
— Steve Inskeep (@NPRinskeep) March 2, 2017
Sessions did respond to the report this morning, but gave himself a back door saying, “I have said whenever it’s appropriate, I will recuse myself.”
I guess that leaves it to Jeff to decide when it is appropriate?
As Glenn Thrush from the New York Times said:
FWIW ‘recuse’ is often the gateway to another six-letter word that begins ‘re—-‘
— Glenn Thrush (@GlennThrush) March 2, 2017
That would be like early Christmas.