Sessions Caught Lying About Russian Contacts. Again.

Watch Attorney General Jeff Sessions deny under oath meeting with any Russian lobbyist or agent, despite a lobbyist for Russia telling The Guardian he attended multiple dinners with Jeff Sessions during the 2016 campaign. 

John McCain: “During the 2016 campaign season did you have any contacts with any representative, including any American lobbyist or agent of any Russian company within or outside your capacity as a member of congress or a member of the Armed Services Committee?”

Jeff Sessions: “I don’t believe so.”

The Guardian: Lobbyist for Russian interests says he attended dinners hosted by Sessions

Richard Burt contradicts Jeff Sessions’ testimony that he didn’t believe he had contacts with lobbyists working for Russian interests during Trump’s campaign

By Stephanie Kirchgaessner, 6/15/17

An American lobbyist for Russian interests who helped craft an important foreign policy speech for Donald Trump has […]

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Despite His Best Efforts To Say Nothing At All, Here Is What We Learned From Sessions’ Testimony

No matter the question, the answer from Attorney General Jeff Sessions was “I do not recall.” He doesn’t recall meetings, conversations, or even the DOJ policy that allowed him to dodge straightforward questions without executive privilege.

In fact, Sessions said he does not recall a whopping more than 20 times this afternoon. Here is what we learned from his testimony despite his best efforts to run interference for President Trump.

“Instead of actually providing answers and clarity, the Attorney General today offered nothing but hours of lies and dishonest obfuscation,” said American Bridge Vice President Shripal Shah. “The administration can stonewall all they want but eventually the truth is going to come out about this scandal.  When it does, Trump and his team will learn the hard way that they’re not above the law.”

Sessions admitted he’s not able to invoke executive privilege, admitted the President […]

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In the Trump Russia investigation all roads lead back to Jeff Sessions

Jeff Sessions sits squarely at the intersection of Donald Trump’s campaign, his administration, his contact with Russia, and his potential obstruction of justice. Sessions was the first U.S. Senator to endorse Trump’s campaign, Sessions was caught lying about his secret meetings with the Russian ambassador, and upon being named a chair of the Trump campaign’s national security advisory team, Sessions completely abandoned his hardline stance toward Russia, in favor of cozying up to the nation that months later would attack our election.

“In the Trump-Russia investigation all roads lead back to Jeff Sessions,” said American Bridge Rapid Response Director Emily Aden. “He needs to answer for lying under oath about his repeated contacts with Russian officials during the Trump campaign, and explain any role he may have had — despite his recusal — in abetting Trump’s firing of the FBI Director, as well as Trump’s attempts to obstruct […]

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End the threat to the health insurance of 7 million people

American Bridge spokesperson Andrew Bates released the following response to Attorney General Jeff Sessions indicating that the Department of Justice will keep defending Affordable Care Act cost-sharing subsidies: 

“This has always been a frivolous, partisan lawsuit that’s a giant waste of taxpayer resources. Republicans should drop this suit once and for all and finally work with Democrats to keep the government open and protect the millions of hardworking Americans whose health coverage Donald Trump is holding hostage.”

Axios: Sessions hints DOJ will keep fighting Obamacare subsidy case

Attorney General Jeff Sessions suggested the administration will keep appealing the House lawsuit on the legality of Obamacare insurer subsides in an interview on Fox News on Wednesday.

When asked by an interviewer whether he would “continue to allow the legal process to continue for another judge to take a look at this case,” or whether he’ll take a “step back from it,” Sessions chose […]

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American Bridge Statement On Deputy Attorney General Confirmation Hearing

American Bridge Vice President Shripal Shah released the following statement:

“Rod Rosenstein’s refusal to commit to appointing a special prosecutor to investigate the President’s ties to Russia and Russia’s interference in our election is unacceptable. Attorney General Jeff Sessions made it impossible for a credible investigation to take place under the Department of Justice when he lied under oath to the Senate Judiciary Committee about his contacts with Russia as an emissary of the Trump campaign.  The American people deserve answers and nothing short of a special prosecutor operating free of any conflict of interest or political agenda will do.”

WATCH: Rosenstein refuses to commit to appointing a special prosecutor

WATCH: Rosenstein didn’t even read the declassified intelligence report affirming Russia interfered in 2016 election 

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Five Facts We Learned Yesterday, Five More Questions For Trump

Yesterday, several moving pieces related to Donald Trump’s scandalous ties to Russia came to a head. Here is a quick rundown of where we stand and what the public still deserves to know.

What We Know
1. Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ recusal is not good enough because the investigation will still be carried out within the Department of Justice. There must be a special prosecutor to ensure an independent investigation takes occurs.

2. The White House has been lying about contact between the Trump campaign and Russia. In reality, many Trump campaign officials – including advisers Jeff Sessions, Michael Flynn, Jared Kushner, Carter Page, and JD Gordon – met with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak either during the Trump campaign or transition.

3. The Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak was apparently smuggled into Trump Tower for his meeting with Flynn and Kushner.

4. JD Gordon was one of the Trump aides who changed the […]

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Newspapers Across the Country Call for a Special Prosecutor to Investigate Trump’s Ties to Russia

Jeff Sessions recusal is not enough. Period. Newspapers across the country are calling for the appointment of a special prosecutor to investigate Trump and his aides’ connections to Russian officials. Last week we learned the Trump’s campaign was in “constant communication” with Russian intelligence officials. This week we learned that Jeff Sessions met twice with Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak as well as Carter Page, J.D Gordon and Jared Kushner.

The American people deserve transparency and impartiality. It is time for Republicans to put country ahead of party and join calls for a special prosecutor to lead this investigation.

The New York Times Editorial: Jeff Sessions Had No Choice
“Mr. Sessions’s recusal is only a first necessary step. The second must be the appointment of a special counsel — an independent, nonpartisan actor who can both investigate and prosecute any criminal acts in relation to Russian […]

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American Bridge: Time for a Special Prosecutor, Sessions Recusal Not Enough

American Bridge Vice President Shripal Shah released the following statement in response to Jeff Sessions’ press conference:

“By failing to appoint a special prosecutor, Jeff Sessions is denying the American people the impartial investigation they deserve. This cannot be trusted to another White House lackey who won’t be able to work independently of politics. It is time for Republicans to put country ahead of party and join calls for a special prosecutor to lead this investigation, anything short of that is unacceptable.”

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UPDATED: 5 More Republicans Join Growing Calls for Sessions to Recuse Himself

Jeff Sessions is in trouble – deep trouble. According to The Washington Post, then-Senator Jeff Sessions spoke twice last year with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak, considered by U.S. intelligence to be one of Russia’s top spies. However, during his confirmation hearings, Sessions stated “I did not have communications with the Russians.”

But he did. That’s perjury. Committing perjury under oath is serious – just ask 1999 Jeff Sessions.

It is clear that Sessions must recuse himself from any investigation into Donald Trump’s connections to Russia.

Take a look at the growing list of Republicans calling for Sessions to recuse himself:

NEW Senator Rob Portman: “I think it would be best for him and for the country to recuse himself from the DOJ Russia probe.”

NEW Senator Jeff Flake: “Obviously he is going to need to clarify and likely recuse himself from any investigation with regard […]

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Dean Heller is Aiding and Abetting Jeff Sessions

A growing number of Republicans are calling for Jeff Sessions to recuse himself from ongoing investigations of Trump’s Russia ties. But once again, Dean Heller is nowhere to be seen or heard from.

Below is a statement by Jessica Mackler, President of American Bridge 21st Century:

“Dean Heller is aiding and abetting Jeff Sessions by refusing to call for the Attorney General to recuse himself from the investigations over Trump’s ties to Russia and demand an independent investigation. Nevadans sent Sen. Heller to represent them, but what they got instead is a missing-in-action politician who is putting our national security at risk to protect an Administration that continues to mislead the country about the president’s relationship to Putin and Russia.”

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