Two influential Senate Democrats disclosed Thursday that they had privately asked former FBI Director James Comey to investigate all contacts and communications that Attorney General Jeff Sessions or his aides may have had with officials from the Russian government — and raised the issue of whether Sessions had committed perjury in his Senate testimony.
The revelation by Sens. Patrick Leahy of Vermont and Al Franken of Minnesota comes a day after CNN reported that investigators are looking into whether Sessions had a third, previously undisclosed meeting with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak during the presidential campaign last year.
Sessions was forced to step aside from federal Russia investigations earlier this year when The Washington Post reported that the former Alabama senator had met twice with the Russian ambassador, even though he testified during his confirmation hearing in January that he “did not have communications with the Russians.”
CNN reported Wednesday that congressional investigators were now examining whether Sessions and Kislyak met a third time. In their first request to Comey, sent March 20, Leahy and Franken argued that Sessions’ testimony before the Judiciary Committee could be “construed as perjury.”
“We served with the attorney general in the Senate and on the Judiciary Committee for many years,” Leahy and Franken said in a joint statement Thursday. “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.”http://www.politico.com/story/2017/06/01/jeff-sessions-testimony-perjury-democrats-239024