“The news breaking overnight reaffirms what I called for in an interview last Friday, that we need an independent review by a credible third party and that Atty. Gen. Sessions should recuse himself from any investigation into Russia,” Issa said in a statement.
The influential Republican Congressman’s statement came after news reports that Sessions spoke to Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak twice last year yet told senators during his confirmation hearings there were no contacts.
Sessions confirmed the report, but argued that he spoke to the ambassador as a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, not as a member of the Donald Trump campaign.
Issa, who represents south coastal San Diego and north Orange counties, called for “a clear-eyed view of what the Russians actually did so that all Americans can have faith in our institutions. The Putin government is a bad actor whose actions should be carefully scrutinized.”
Leading Democrats, including California Sen. Kamala Harris, have called for Sessions’ resignation.
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