The Hill: Pelosi on Sessions: ‘We are far past recusal’

March 2, 2017
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) on Thursday slammed Republicans calling for Attorney General Jeff Sessions to recuse himself from investigations into Russia, saying that’s not nearly enough.

“We are far past recusal. Jeff #Sessions lied under oath. Anything less than resignation or removal from office is unacceptable,” Pelosi tweeted.

Pelosi first called for Sessions to resign late Wednesday, shortly after reports that Sessions met with Russia’s U.S. ambassador twice during last year’s campaign.

Sessions said during his January confirmation hearings that he had no contact with Russia. He said at the time: “I did not have communications with the Russians.”

Since the revelation, Sessions has faced rising calls from Republicans to recuse himself from any investigations into Russia’s connections to President Trump’s administration.

House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) and Oversight Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) are among the key GOP voices who have called for recusal.

Sessions said early Thursday that he would be willing to recuse himself if it's "appropriate.”

Other top Democrats including Oversight Committee ranking member Elijah Cummings (D-Md.) and Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) have joined Pelosi in demanding Sessions’s resignation.