Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) called on Attorney General Jeff Sessions to resign Thursday morning. He outlined three steps in the event that no action is undertaken by the Trump administration.
After a report Wednesday night detailed two meetings Sessions had last year with Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak, Schumer acknowledged to reporters that lawmakers communicate with foreign ambassadors on a fairly regular basis. He said that where Sessions went wrong was the failure to disclose the communication:
“There’s nothing inappropriate with a senator meeting with the Russian ambassador. There is something very inappropriate to dramatically mislead Congress.”
Schumer added that he believes the following should happen:
- Sessions must recuse himself so that any and all ties to Russian connections with the Trump campaign can be investigated by a special prosecutor with “real experience and unimpeachable impartiality.”
- Without a special prosecutor, Democrats will “urge Senator McConnell and Speaker Ryan to work with Democrats to create a new and improved version of the independent counsel law, which would give a three-judge panel the authority to appoint an independent counsel.”
- The Inspector General for the Department of Justice should begin an immediate investigation into Sessions’ previous involvement in the investigation “to discover if the investigation has already been compromised.”
“The main point I am making here is we need an investigation to get to the bottom of this,” Schumer added. “Better for the country if he resigns, but let’s get a real investigation.”