02 March 2017

Al Franken Questions Jeff Sessions On Russia & Attorney General Sessions To Recuse Himself From Any Trump Campaign Investigations & How we respond to the Jeff Sessions news 2MAR17

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HERE'S a big surprise, the drumpf/trump-pence attorney general, the chief law enforcement officer of the U.S. lied to and deceived the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee about meeting with Russians while serving as an adviser to the drumpf/trump-pence campaign. Here is the video of a.g. fotze sessions being questioned by +Senator Al Franken D MN about meetings of drumpf/trump-pence 2016 presidential campaign officials / advisers and members of the Russian government and oligarchy. 
Al Franken Questions Jeff Sessions On Russia
NOW sessions says he will recuse himself from any investigation regarding the drumpf/trump-pence campaign and Russia

Attorney General Sessions To Recuse Himself From Any Trump Campaign Investigations

March 2, 20174:29 PM ET

Attorney General Jeff Sessions speaks at the Justice Department on Thursday. He is under fire after reports that he had conversations with the Russian ambassador last year.
Susan Walsh/AP
Updated at 4:56 p.m. ET
Attorney General Jeff Sessions says he will recuse himself from any investigations into possible Russian involvement in the 2016 elections.
"Let me be clear: I never had meetings with Russian operatives or Russian intermediaries about the Trump campaign," Sessions reiterated during an afternoon news conference in response to reports that he had met twice with the Russian ambassador to the U.S. last year.
"I should not be involved in investigating a campaign I had a role in," Sessions said.
The meetings, first reported by the Washington Post first and confirmed by NPR's Carrie Johnson, came as Sessions was a top surrogate for President Trump's campaign and a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee.
During his Senate confirmation hearing, the then-Alabama senator told Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn., under oath that he "did not have communications with the Russians."
Sessions said Thursday that it was not his intent to mislead the committee and that he would soon write to the members to clarify his answers, admitting that in retrospect, he "should have slowed down and said I did meet with one Russian official and that was the Russian ambassador."
When asked about what he did discuss with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak during their two meetings in July and September, Sessions said, "I don't recall" but that "most of these ambassadors are pretty gossipy."
In a statement, Sessions announced that after meeting with his staff and Justice Department counsel, "I have decided to recuse myself from any existing or future investigations of any matters related in any way to the campaigns for President of the United States."
When Trump was asked earlier in the day about Sessions during the president's visit to the USS Gerald R. Ford in Newport News, Va., Trump said he "wasn't aware" Sessions had spoken to the Russian ambassador. When asked about whether the attorney general should recuse himself, Trump responded, "I don't think so."
Sessions clarified in the statement, however, that the "announcement should not be interpreted as confirmation of the existence of any investigation or suggestive of the scope of any such investigation" and reiterated that he has "taken no actions regarding any such matters, to the extent they exist."
Democrats on Capitol Hill were already clamoring for a Sessions recusal — and his possible resignation. Some top Republicans had already begun to say that he should recuse himself from any investigations too, including House Oversight Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz and House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, though McCarthy later tried to walk that back.
After the Sessions announcement, Senate Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley said that "any talk of resignation is nonsense" and that Sessions' recusal was "the right thing to do."
Grassley added that he "welcomes" Sessions sending a letter to the committee to "clear up any confusion regarding his testimony."
If any investigation into the 2016 election does move forward, however, Acting Deputy Attorney General and U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia Dane Boente will oversee those matters. He was appointed acting attorney general in the interim before Sessions' confirmation after Obama holdover Sally Yates was fired by Trump for refusing to defend the president's temporary ban on refugees and visa holders from seven majority-Muslim countries.
NPR Justice Correspondent Carrie Johnson contributed to this report.
sessions needs to resign, but this will only happen if we, the people, demand he resign or is removed from office. The ACLU is launching People Power, grass roots activism to challenge the corruption of the drumpf/trump-pence administration. Click to join the battle in defense of our Republic....
During his confirmation process, Attorney General Jeff Sessions – our nation’s top law enforcement official – took an oath to tell the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth. Given last night’s news of his contact with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak during the 2016 presidential campaign, it is clear that he broke that oath.

The American people deserve a full investigation into whether Jeff Sessions perjured himself. If senators of both parties allow an Attorney General nominee to plainly lie under oath with no repercussions, they will render our government’s cabinet confirmation process no more than kabuki theater.

But holding the Trump administration accountable on this, and other issues, is going to take an unprecedented effort to organize ourselves and make our voices heard. And that starts with our March 11 Resistance Training.

In less than a week, more than 1,000 people in all 50 states have created grassroots events to participate in the training. Fifty-thousand people have signed up to attend. And we’re just getting started. Those numbers are growing every single day.

But time is running out to be a part of this historic event, and there’s one name missing. One that we really need to be a part of ACLU’s resistance efforts: Yours.

Add your name to pledge to be a part of People Power, ACLU’s new grassroots organizing arm. Every single person who adds their name is a powerful statement about our collective commitment to defending the Constitution, our values, and our future.
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In less than two weeks, we are going to send a very clear message to President Trump that we are not only going to fight him in the courts, we are going to fight him in the streets. Because when people are united with a common purpose, we are unstoppable.

In solidarity,
Anthony for the ACLU Action team