Sessions ‘faces tough questions’: Social media reacts to alleged Russian ties
Sessions is accused of lying during his confirmation hearing when he told Senator Al Franken that he did not have communications with Russian officials during Donald Trump’s election campaign. Sources, allegedly from the Justice Department, told the Washington Post, that Sessions spoke to Russian Ambassador to the US Sergey Kislyak twice last year, contradicting his statement.
Jeff Sessions at his January 10 confirmation hearing: "I did not have communications with the Russians." pic.twitter.com/SO1UKriI4V— CSPAN (@cspan) March 2, 2017
Several Democrats have followed Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi in calling for Sessions to resign, including Congressman Elijah Cummings and Senator Elizabeth Warren.
Jeff Sessions answered “No.” Turns out he met with the Russian Ambassador. Two months before the election.— Elizabeth Warren (@SenWarren) March 2, 2017
Now Jeff Sessions is AG – the final say on the law enforcement investigation into ties between the Trump campaign & Russia? What a farce.— Elizabeth Warren (@SenWarren) March 2, 2017
And we need Attorney General Jeff Sessions – who should have never been confirmed in the first place – to resign. We need it now.— Elizabeth Warren (@SenWarren) March 2, 2017
The call from the Democrats for his resignation led to some people asking why they didn’t show the same passion over Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server.
Jeff Sessions communicated with Russia, Dems demand he resign.— Elizabeth® (@MissLizzyNJ) March 2, 2017
Hillary deleted 30,000 email communications, Dems demand that she be POTUS👌🏻
Franken, who questioned Sessions at the confirmation hearing, took to Facebook to say that in light of the revelations he would be “directly pressing Attorney General Sessions to answer some tough questions about his contact with Russia and his testimony before the Judiciary Committee.”
Earlier this year, conversations between Kislyak and former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn came to light, leading to Flynn’s resignation.
One Twitter user claimed Sessions’ ‘mix-up’ over failing to declare his conversations with the Russian ambassador might be the fault of Kislyak, for not being particularly memorable.
This Russian Ambassador in DC--Sergey Kislyak--must be a real bore. Both Michael Flynn and Jeff Sessions somehow forgot about meeting him. pic.twitter.com/etaDjLOI8R— Louis Fishman (@Istanbultelaviv) March 2, 2017
Some were quick to point to comments Sessions made in 1999 speaking of the importance of prosecuting then-President Bill Clinton over perjury allegations.
Jeff Sessions in 1999 speaking on the importance of prosecuting Bill Clinton over perjury allegations pic.twitter.com/LCV6AqZB17— Lee Fang (@lhfang) March 2, 2017
Others were left confused about the next step, leaving some to wonder can Jeff Sessions investigate Jeff Sessions?
I'm thinking Jeff Sessions is not the right person to investigate Jeff Sessions.— Brian Schatz (@brianschatz) March 2, 2017
Jeff Sessions responding to Russia contact allegations like... pic.twitter.com/m0ABZi71Gc— Oliver Willis (@owillis) March 2, 2017