Kevin McCarthy and Jason Chaffetz Call on Jeff Sessions to Recuse Himself
Chris Cillizza did call it last night:
“In short: Where there’s smoke and smoke and smoke and smoke and smoke, most reasonable people will assume there is fire — or that there should be an independent investigation to determine whether there is fire. Arguing that “there’s nothing to see here” is simply not a tenable position for Republicans at this point.”
“South Carolina Sen. Lindsey O. Graham (R), who has been outspoken in raising doubts about Trump and Russia, was blunt about what needs to happen if Sessions spoke to Kisylak.”
“I suspect lots of Republicans will follow Graham’s lead over the next 24 or 48 hours. The details here — particularly given the Flynn resignation — almost certainly will force an act of political triage from GOPers. They need to find a way to wall themselves off from what, with each passing day, is becoming more and more toxic. Otherwise, the spillage could leak all over them.”
It’s been 10 hours and:
“Top Republicans said Thursday that Attorney General Jeff Sessions should recuse himself from investigations of whether Russia interfered in the presidential 2016 election at the Justice Department and FBI.”
“House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy said during an appearance on MSNBC Thursday morning that Sessions should bow too maintain “the trust of the American people.”
“Minutes later, House Oversight and Government Reform committee chairman Jason Chaffetz joined McCarthy’s call, tweeting that “AG Sessions should clarify his testimony and recuse himself.”
“The calls from two of the House’s most prominent Republicans follow revelations that Sessions met with the Russian ambassador during election season. Under oath in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee for his confirmation hearing in January, Sessions had said that he had not met with any Russian officials.”
“I don’t have all the information in front of me, I don’t want to prejudge, but I just think for any investigation going forward, you want to make sure everybody trusts the investigation,” McCarthy said. “I think it’d be easier from that standpoint” for Sessions to recuse himself.
Note that Chaffetz wants him to clarify himself. Michael Flynn lied to the Vice President but Sessions lied to the Senate Judiciary Committee-a felony. The Judiciary Committee took the lead on Watergate.
Flynn may consider himself lucky after he sees what happens to Sessions. One broke Trump's trust; the other may have broken the law.
— Jamil Smith (@JamilSmith) March 2, 2017
As Congresman Jerrold Nadler:
— (((Rep. Nadler))) (@RepJerryNadler) March 2, 2017
Wow the sheen has gone off the rose of the pundits bask in Trump’s Tuesday night speech. Sessions brazenness is breathtaking.
And the new question for the Trump people is: which high ranking Trump campaign officials did not speak to the Russian envoy?
So far we have: Michael Flynn, Michael Cohen, and now Jeff Session.
It took a year until the Democrats were calling for a Whitewater investigation-about some obscure 1970s land deal gone bad. We’re basically there in five weeks.
I don’t think the GOP impeaches Trump. I presume if it happens it’s with a Democratic House. But how is this sustainable?
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