Two Democratic senators asked former FBI Director James Comey to investigate Attorney General Jeff Sessions for perjury amid concerns about his “lack of candor” regarding private conversations he had with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak, reports The Hill.
“We are concerned about Attorney General Sessions’ lack of candor to the committee and his failure thus far to accept responsibility for testimony that could be construed as perjury,” Sens. Patrick Leahy (Vt.) and Al Franken (Minn.) wrote in a letter to the former FBI director.
The Hill adds:
Franken and Leahy, both members of the Judiciary Committee, sent letters to Comey on March 20 and April 28, and followed up with another to acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe on May 12.
Sessions was grilled by the two senators during his confirmation hearings about his contacts with Russian officials.
“Earlier this year, Attorney General Sessions provided false testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee in response to our questions regarding his contacts with Russian officials,” Sessions and Leahy said in a Thursday statement.
“The attorney general never fully explained or even acknowledged the misrepresentations in his testimony, and we remained concerned that he had still not been forthcoming about the extent of his contacts with Russian officials.”
“We served with the attorney general in the Senate and on the Judiciary Committee for many years,” they continued in the statement. “We know he would not tolerate dishonesty if he were in our shoes. If it is determined that the attorney general still has not been truthful with Congress and the American people about his contacts with Russian officials during the campaign, he needs to resign.”
The Senators’ statement comes a day after CNN reported that congressional investigators were looking into a third, previously unreported, private meeting between Attorney General Jeff Sessions and the Russian Ambassador Sergei Kislyak during the 2016 presidential campaign.