Democrats: Jeff Sessions perjured himself


Attorney General Jeff Sessions came under immediate and intense pressure from Democrats to resign in the wake of the revelation that he had repeated contacts with Russia during Donald Trump's presidential campaign. Now, a flood of elected Democrats are openly pointing out that Sessions perjured himself in testimony to Congress.

Shortly after the Justice Department revealed that Attorney General Jeff Sessions had repeated contacts with Russia during the presidential campaign, Democratic officials like House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi and Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer began to call on Sessions to resign:

While Democrats demanded Sessions' resignation, Republicans tried to soften the blow by calling for Sessions to recuse himself from any investigations into Team Trump's Russia ties. These revelations, however, are in direct contradiction of Sessions' testimony at his Senate confirmation hearing:

Senator Franken, I’m not aware of any of those activities. I have been called a surrogate at a time or two in that campaign and I did not have communications with the Russians, and I'm unable to comment on it.

In the hours since this story broke, notable elected Democrats have begun to point out that Sessions lied under oath, and even to openly accuse him of perjury:

A perjury conviction carries a prison sentence of up to five years. If pressure on Sessions continues to escalate, he may end up wishing he really had offered to recuse himself — as several media outlets falsely reported that he did — or that he had heeded the calls for his resignation.