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Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson

Representing the 30th District of TEXAS

Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson Releases Statement after Reports of Attorney General Lied Under Oath

Mar 2, 2017
Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congresswoman  Johnson released the following statement after it was reported that Jeff Sessions, current Attorney General lied under oath to the Senate Judiciary Committee during his confirmation hearings about meetings with Russian officials:

The latest reports reveal that then-Senator Sessions met twice with the Russian Ambassador while acting as a surrogate during the 2016 Presidential campaign for then-candidate Donald Trump. However, when Senator Sessions testified in January 2017 during his confirmation hearing he stated under oath, “I have been called a surrogate at a time or two in that campaign and I did not have communications with the Russians.” 

“It is not enough for Attorney General Sessions to recuse himself for an independent investigation into President Trump’s Russian ties. If it is proven that he was not truthful under oath then he cannot represent the American people because he has lost our confidence in his ability to review any question brought before him,” said Congresswoman Johnson. “In a written questionnaire by the Senator Leahy, a Judiciary Committee Democrat, asked ‘had [Sessions] been in contact with anyone connected to any part of the Russian government about the 2016 election, either before or after election day.’ Sessions replied, “no”. Of all the people in the Cabinet you expect to be above any question of honesty is the Attorney General. If the allegations are proven to be truthful, it does not matter if the president stands by Attorney General Sessions, the American people should not.  As a symbol of law enforcement above reproach, we need an Attorney General that exemplifies as such.”

 “This is all the more reason why we need to commission an independent, non-partisan entity to investigate the seriousness of these allegations with president’s political, personal and financial connections with Russia.”