BY JORDAIN CARNEY
This article originally appeared in The Hill
Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) is joining a growing chorus of Democratic senators calling on Attorney General Jeff Sessions to resign.
Sanders’s statement comes after The Washington Post reported that Sessions spoke to Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak twice during the presidential campaign, then denied any meetings under oath during his confirmation hearing.
Sanders called the report “deeply disturbing.”
“Attorney General Sessions should resign and a special prosecutor should be appointed to give the American people credible answers about Russia’s involvement in the U.S. election,” Sanders said in a statement.
“We need a Justice Department that will give us the facts about Russia’s involvement in the 2016 election and their ties to the Trump campaign, not one led by someone who deliberately misled Congress about his own communications with the Russian government,” he said.
Top Democrats — including Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer(N.Y.), House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (Calif.) and potential 2020 presidential contenders such as Sen. Elizabeth Warren (Mass.) — have demanded that Sessions resign over his conversations.
Other Democrats, and some Republicans, are calling on Sessions to recuse himself from any investigation into contacts between President Trump’s campaign and Moscow.
Though Sessions opened the door to recusing himself on Thursday, the White House quickly shot down the possibility.
“There’s nothing to recuse himself,” White House press secretary Sean Spicer said in an interview with Fox News that aired late Thursday morning.
“He was 100 percent straight with the committee, and I think that people [who] are choosing to play partisan politics with this should be ashamed of themselves,” he added.