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AG Sessions asks for a review of the national crime background check system…

The Attorney General isn’t happy with the fact that certain information is NOT being reported into the system….

Sessions is aware that in the case of the mass shooting in Sutherland Springs, Texas had the background check info NOT be reported into the NCIS data banks which law enforcement uses for checks…

Sessions is talking about the Defense Dept. specifically on this…

This review comes just a little over two weeks after the mass shooting of church-goers in Sutherland Springs, Texas, leaving 26 dead and others injured.
The shooter had a conviction for domestic abuse, but the US Air Force failed to properly convey that information to federal law enforcement authorities, enabling him to purchase a military-style rifle.
In a memorandum to the heads of the FBI and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the attorney general specifically directs federal law enforcement agencies to work with the Defense Department to “identify and resolve any issues with the military’s reporting of convictions,” and “identify any additional measures that should be taken to prevent firearms being obtained by prohibited persons,” and report back to Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein in 60 days.
Lawmakers on Capitol Hill have also taken note of problems with how information is relayed for background checks, as bi-partisan group of senators announced a bill last week to help ensure states and federal authorities upload all required information to the federal database….
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Federal Judge blocks Trump Admin Sanctuary City Money holdout policy…

This stop’s Attorney General Sessions efforts to force cities to cooperate and become a arm of the countries immigration/customs service…or lost funding for a wide range of programs….

The judges order permenatly orders the government to NOT go thru with its threats…

A federal judge on Monday permanent blocked President Donald Trump’s executive order that attempted to cut funding to so-called sanctuary cities, another legal blow to White House efforts to ramp up deportations and curb undocumented immigration.

U.S. District Judge William Orrick in San Francisco called Trump’s January order “unconstitutional on its face” in his ruling, which made permanent his injunction from April. The White House had threatened to cut federal law enforcement grants from cities that fought Trump’s efforts to combat undocumented immigration and said it would publicly shame localities that failed to comply with attempts to increase deportations.

“The counties have demonstrated that the executive order has caused and will cause them constitutional injuries by violating the separation of powers doctrine and depriving them of their Tenth and Fifth Amendment rights,” Orrick wrote.

The city and county of San Francisco and the county of Santa Clara had argued they could lose billions of dollars in federal funds each year. Lawyers for the U.S. Department of Justice said the order would apply to only a few grants and would involve far less money, an argument rejected by Orrick, who said it was written broadly in an attempt “to reach all federal grants.”

San Francisco City Attorney Dennis Herrera, who filed two lawsuits against the Trump administration, called the decision “a victory for the American people” and said the case was “a check on the president’s abuse of power.”

“This executive order was unconstitutional before the ink on it was even dry,” Herrera said in a statement. “This president and his administration have been trying to twist facts, stoke fears and demonize immigrants to score cheap political points. The American people are too smart for that.”…

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AG Sessions is against and holds up progress on medical cannabis research

This is NOT a surprise…

Sessions has indicated that he is against the legalization of marijuana …..

And Federal law cauterizes marijuana as an illegal dangerous drug…

…Right now, there are 26 additional research facilities that have applied to grow research grade cannabis. The Attorney General’s response to Sen. Hatch’s question about these applications was, “So I think it would be healthy to have some more competition in the supply, but I don’t—I’m sure we don’t need 26 new suppliers.”…

Attorney General Jeff Sessions has made clear for decades his absolute aversion to cannabis, its users, the idea of medical value, and any reform. It comes as no surprise that he is politicizing this issue. It is unfortunate that, in the process, he is politicizing much-needed medical research.

This barricade to the free conduct of medical research is even more shocking, as it cuts against President Trump’s views on a variety of related issues.

On the campaign trail, Mr. Trump expressed his support for medical cannabis, even arguing he knows people who have found relief from it. As president, Mr. Trump has frequently spoken of his support for veterans and his willingness to do all he can to help them. He has also spoken of the need to address the opioid epidemic head-on, appointing a commission to examine the issue and even announcing that he would declare the opioid epidemic an official public health emergency. Expanding research would reflect the president’s policy views. Instead, Mr. Sessions is standing between the White House and its stated policy goals…..

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The DEA/Drug Enforcement Agency works under the leadership of the Department of Justice of which AG Session is the head….

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‘Dreamers’ program has been around before President Obama…Update…Trump to ‘revisit’ program after 6 months?

The NY Times gives a historical readback on the program….

Before there was Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, there was Mr. Durbin’s Dream. In 2007, a version of the measure won the support of a majority of senators but fell victim to a bipartisan filibuster that included eight Democrats. Three years later, the bill passed the House but again did not get through the Senate.

And in 2013, language allowing dreamers to stay in this country and work or attend school was included in a broader immigration package that passed the Senate with 68 votes — then failed in the House.

Frustrated after years of failings, President Barack Obama signed DACA as a temporary order in the hope that Congress would eventually pass the Dream Act and broader immigration changes. But with Republicans in control of both chambers of Congress, the Dream Act stalled once again.

The politics have clearly shifted on the issue — for both parties. With Mr. Trump scheduled to visit her state on Wednesday, Senator Heidi Heitkamp, a North Dakota Democrat who is facing a tough re-election bid, posted a lengthy statement on her Facebook page in which she echoed Mr. Obama’s assertion on Tuesday that ending the program was “cruel.”

Some Republicans have softened, as well. Representative Cathy McMorris Rodgers, a Washington Republican who chairs the House Republican Conference, said in a statement that while she has long said she did not agree with the way Mr. Obama enacted his program, Congress “must protect” the dreamers who are currently shielded from deportation.

She added, “That principle is fundamental for me.”

But hard-liners in the Republican conference remain unbowed….

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President Donald Trump plans to “revisit” his administration’s decision on the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program if Congress is unable to pass legislation on the issue in a designated six-month window, he announced in a tweet Tuesday night.

“Congress now has 6 months to legalize DACA (something the Obama Administration was unable to do). If they can’t, I will revisit this issue!” Trump wrote.
On Tuesday, Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced the Trump administration would end DACA — a program that gave almost 800,000 young undocumented immigrants protections from deportation.
“I am here today to announce that the program known as DACA that was effectuated under the Obama administration is being rescinded,” Sessions said at the Justice Department.
 However, the administration said it would continue to renew permits for individuals over the next six months, giving Congress enough time to pass legislation that could extend protections for DACA recipients past the deadline….
Barack Obama slams Trump  as being ‘cruel’  in looking receind a promise he made to the Dreamers….

Former President Barack Obama on Tuesday bashed his successor’s decision to rescind an immigration order shielding some children of undocumented immigrants from deportation, calling the move “cruel” and “self-defeating.”

“To target these young people is wrong — because they have done nothing wrong,” Obama wrote in a post on Facebook hours after the decision was announced by President Donald Trump and Attorney General Jeff Sessions. “It is self-defeating — because they want to start new businesses, staff our labs, serve in our military, and otherwise contribute to the country we love. And it is cruel.”…
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Is this Donald Trump’s attempt to leverage money for his ‘wall’ from Congress?
And already the rightwing nuts are equating any passage of this program into law as a their curse word ‘amensty’….
Other’s on the right want the parents and other family memebers of the Dreamners expressly singled out for deportation…
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The Senate locks Trump out of recess appointments…

This move requires EVERY US Senator to be on board…

Donald Trump just got dissed by the Senate that he has been knocking for weeks….

The Senate blocked President Trump from being able to make recess appointments on Thursday as lawmakers leave Washington for their summer break.

Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska), doing wrap up for the entire Senate, locked in nine “pro-forma” sessions — brief meetings that normally last roughly a minute.
The move, which requires the agreement of every senator, means the Senate will be in session every three business days throughout the August recess.
The Senate left D.C. on Thursday evening with most lawmakers not expected to return to Washington until after Labor Day.
Senators were scheduled to be in town through next week, but staffers and senators predicted they would wrap up a few remaining agenda items and leave Washington early.
Trump isn’t the first president to face the procedural roadblock from Congress.
The Senate has used the brief sessions to block recess appointments for decades, including last year to keep President Obama from being able to fill a vacant Supreme Court seat.
But the current deal comes after Trump repeatedly lashed out at Attorney General Jeff Sessions, sparking speculation that he would fire the former senator and try to name his successor while Congress was out of town.
Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) warned last month that Democrats had “tools in our toolbox” to block a recess appointment….
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Trump Dept of Justice looking to undo College affirmative action laws…

By memo… The  Trump Department of Justice , Civil Rights unit,  under Atty. Gen. Jeff Sessions , seems to be looking to roll back hard fought minority gains over decades , to favor white’s in College Admissions….

The NY Times piece on this seems to point to the operation being a POLITICAL  one,…. NOT run by the departments inside , non-political staff….

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Something like this was always a fear by minorities and Democrats, who fought against Sessions’ past racial history…

The Trump administration is preparing to redirect resources of the Justice Department’s civil rights division toward investigating and suing universities over affirmative action admissions policies deemed to discriminate against white applicants, according to a document obtained by The New York Times.

The document, an internal announcement to the civil rights division, seeks current lawyers interested in working for a new project on “investigations and possible litigation related to intentional race-based discrimination in college and university admissions.”

The announcement suggests that the project will be run out of the division’s front office, where the Trump administration’s political appointees work, rather than its Educational Opportunities Section, which is run by career civil servants and normally handles work involving schools and universities.

The document does not explicitly identify whom the Justice Department considers at risk of discrimination because of affirmative action admissions policies. But the phrasing it uses, “intentional race-based discrimination,” cuts to the heart of programs designed to bring more minority students to university campuses.

Supporters and critics of the project said it was clearly targeting admissions programs that can give members of generally disadvantaged groups, like black and Latino students, an edge over other applicants with comparable or higher test scores…..

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Is this a political move by Sessions to lock in Conservative support for himself against Trump?

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Jeff Sessions days as Attorney General are numbered…

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It appears that his boss Donald Trump is peeved at him and is working on some way to get him to quit so he doesn’t have to fire him and get the blame….

President Trump continued to berate Attorney General Jeff Sessions in a series of tweets this morning, including this one:

Attorney General Jeff Sessions has taken a VERY weak position on Hillary Clinton crimes (where are E-mails & DNC server) & Intel leakers!

White House communications director Anthony Scaramucci told radio host Hugh Hewitt that “you’re probably right” President Trump wants to fire Attorney General Jeff Sessions.

Said Scaramucci: “I have an enormous amount of respect for the Attorney General, but I do know the president pretty well and if there’s this level of tension in the relationship that, that’s public, you’re probably right.”

Washington Post: “Another scenario is that Trump could make a recess appointment… Under that plan, Trump could choose an attorney general during the August recess who would serve until the end of the next Senate session, which would run to Jan. 3, 2019. That person would have the same authority as someone who is confirmed by the Senate.”

McClatchy: “Such a move would infuriate Republicans, who control 52 of the Senate’s 100 seats. Many GOP senators reacted in classic Senate fashion to the treatment of Sessions. They were not visibly angry but clearly annoyed and often upset. And with what could be construed as a few veiled warnings to be careful.”

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Next!…Ted Cruz is the next name floated for AG Sessions job….

Donald Trump is pissed at US Attorney General Jeff Sessions….

Right now the guy is probably asking himself why did he leave a safe US Senate seat to have a job for 6 months with a boss who could care less about the law and just wants a guy to cover his rear……

So in the last half a day Rudy Guilani’s name hit the media as a replacement, only to have Rudy back up Sessions move to recuse himself from all things Trump…

Now the new name floated is Senator Ted Cruz….

Standby…

Would Cruz want to work for the guy who dissed his dad durning the campaign and will demand ‘loyalty’ for a replacement to Law Man…

President Trump and his advisers are floating possible replacements for Attorney General Jeff Sessions — and the list includes Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), The Washington Post reports.

Cruz and former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani (R) are reportedly among the candidates Trump’s team is considering to replace Sessions, though Giuliani said earlier in the day that he’s not being considered.

Trump has repeatedly said that he is disappointed by Sessions’s decision to recuse himself from the probe into ties between the Trump administration and Russia, saying in an interview last week that he would have never hired Sessions if he knew he would recuse himself….

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AG Sessions is gearing up the Feds for TOUGHER Marijuana enforcement….

The Dog is NOT surprised with this at all….

We have discussed the growing marijuana industry in America and rapid state government acceptance of making money on grass that is available almost anywhere …

But I have pointed out repeatedly that grass IS still listed as a dangerous drug by the Feds and the nation’s Federal Law enforcement CAN go after marijuana operations that are legal under state laws, with Federal Laws that supersede …..

The news that Attorney General Sessions is sending memo’s that underscore the Federal view about grass has got to catch the attention of the marijuana industry and cause worries…

Sessions is first asking Congress to NOT give state efforts to decriminalize marijuana under  The Compassionate Access, Research Expansion and Respect States (CARERS) Act — would amend federal law to allow states to set their own medical marijuana policies……He COULD  then  begin a Federal effort to roll back the advances….

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Sessions is in for a fight….

This is is gonna get interesting….

Sessions sent a letter in May asking congressional leaders to do away with an amendment to the DOJ budget prohibiting the agency from using federal funds to prevent states “from implementing their own State laws that authorize the use, distribution, possession or cultivation of medical marijuana.”

“I believe it would be unwise for Congress to restrict the discretion of the Department to fund prosecutions, particularly in the midst of an historic drug epidemic and potentially long-term uptick in violent crime,” said the letter from Sessions, first obtained by Massroots.com and verified by The Washington Post.

As for the task force, Sessions said another subcommittee would “explore our use of asset forfeiture and make recommendations on any improvements needed to legal authorities, policies, and training to most effectively attack the financial infrastructure of criminal organizations.”

On Wednesday, Sessions reportedly re-established a controversial criminal asset seizure program ahead of the committee’s recommendations.

Local law enforcement leaders say a crackdown appears to be next, though they argue there’s no need for it.

“From a practitioner’s point of view, marijuana is not a drug that doesn’t have some danger to it, but it’s not the drug that’s driving violent crime in America,” said Ronal Serpas, the former superintendent of the New Orleans Police Department who co-chairs Law Enforcement Leaders to Reduce Crime and Incarceration…..

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Political Roundup for July 20, 2017…Trump Support softening…RRH Elections

Presidential/National

Voter Fraud Commission:  President Trump (R?) accused election officials refusing to provide data largely available in the public domain to his “Voting Integrity Commission” of hiding “something”.  Not sure whose worse here… the “Commission” refusing to lift a finger here or the election officials who could just turn it over to shut the “Commission” up.

Trumpism:  Why are soft Trump supporters willing to bail from the Trump Train, but ardent supporters aren’t bailing?  The Wall Street Journal supposes that Trump’s ardent supporters care less about accomplishments and care more about someone understanding them.  We should get used to this politics of feelings over accomplishments in this identity politics fueled insanity we live in.  Thanks liberals for creating identity politics.

AG:  President Trump seems to regret hiring Attorney General Jeff Sessions (R-Drug War).

Postal Service:  In case Republicans had a reason to support the Post Office (worst service ever), here is a reason why we should all support destroying this grossly incompetent institution… the supposedly civil service non-partisan government owned operation broke the law by encouraging employees to take paid time off to campaign for former Senator Hillary Clinton (D)…..

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Federal Judge tell’s Trump Admin they can’t hold money from Sanctuary Cities and California…

This wasn’t a stretch….

Attorney General Sessiosn threats had be met by strong rebuttal by most of the major American citizens and the entire state of California….

As with some of the othere major mmigration efforts by the Trump Admin?

There OWN words where held against them in the judges ruling…

It’s been almost 100 days of Trump and he his staff do NOT ‘get it’….

Specificis is the way the law works…

And acting like the King in America is sure to get you NOWHERE since power in this country is actually checked by different branches of the government to make sure you CANNOT act as the King…

A federal judge in San Francisco dealt the Trump administration another legal blow Tuesday, temporarily halting President Trump’s threat to withhold federal funding from cities and towns that refuse to cooperate with immigration authorities.

U.S. District Judge William H. Orrick imposed a nationwide injunction against Trump’s Jan. 25 executive order on so-called “sanctuary” jurisdictions and said lawsuits by the city of San Francisco and Santa Clara County challenging the order were likely to succeed.

Orrick pointed to discrepancies in the administration’s interpretation of the executive order, which authorized the attorney general to withhold grant money from jurisdictions that don’t cooperate with immigration officials on deportations and other enforcement actions.

In court, the government’s lawyers suggested cities and towns were overreacting to the order because federal officials have not yet defined sanctuary cities or moved to withhold funding from them. But on television and in news conferences, the judge pointed out, the president and Attorney General Jeff Sessions have threatened to sanction such jurisdictions.

“The result of this schizophrenic approach to the Order is that the Counties’ worst fears are not allayed and the Counties reasonably fear enforcement under the Order,” the judge wrote. “The threat of the Order and the uncertainty it is causing impermissibly interferes with the Counties’ ability to operate, to provide key services, to plan for the future, and to budget.”….

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The judges orderdoes NOT stop the Fed’s from  holding money from local governemnt ‘immigration related’ efforts….

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Will they follow AG Session’s Immigration get tough policy?

The Attorney General hasn’t named permenet replacements for most of the Obama era US Attorney’s he sent walking…

Any new picks will have to go before the Senate where they will undergo sharp questioning by Democrats and some Republicans on the effects of Sessions orders…

As Sessions put it: “This is a new era. This is the Trump era.”

The Department of Homeland Security — already required by Congressional statute to fill 40,000 detention beds each day — has found 33,000 more beds for the 15,000 new customs and immigration officers Trump is hiring to fill, with some help from friendly local police departments.

Sessions’ reinforcements are arriving a decade late. Since the Great Recession, more Mexicans have returned there than arrived here — 140,000 more between 2009 and 2014, according to Pew Research.

They fit in, though, with Trump’s law-and-order revival act that’s really only concerned with order, at all costs, to make America — nearly as safe as it’s been in my lifetime — feel safe again to his voters.

Sessions, a Southern gentleman, should visit his boss’ hometown to see how America’s safest big city, a haven for immigrants, has eliminated bad laws and cut down on needless enforcement while still maintaining order.

 But in the Trump era, power is flowing back to Washington. With the President yet to nominate a single U.S. attorney to replace the 46 he fired, his A.G. is now ordering each of his 94 districts to designate a “border security coordinator.”
Among other things, they’ll press prosecutors to drop discretion and bring whenever possible identity-theft charges — which come with a mandatory two-year sentence — and also felony charges against anyone caught for a second time illegally entering, which is a misdemeanor.

America has 270 immigration judges now and a backlog of over half a million cases. Sessions, war-on-terror-style, is filling that “dire need” with a pathetically insufficient “surge” of 50 new judges this year and 75 more next year. At the same time, he’s demanding his prosecutors bring many thousands more cases so that a painfully clogged justice system is in danger of becoming one that provides no justice at all.

These are “complete bulls–t cases with no thinking to them, no lawyering to be done,” said the prosecutor. “You are found here, ergo you are guilty. It’s a strict liability offense.”

We’re in this mess because Washington’s lawmakers failed to update laws that do more harm than good — to pass a comprehensive immigration bill or revoke those that underpin the failed “war on drugs.”

That’s left governors, mayors, commissioners and prosecutors with tough decisions about how to use their limited resources to coax the best results out of janky arrangements. Our legal system depends on selective arrests and prosecutions, and many more pleas than trials.

If every law were strictly enforced, it would collapse….

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Special Prosecutors can go places people don’t anticipate…

Republicans will fight ‘tooth and nail’ to NOT have a Special Prosecutor empowered to investigate the Russian/Campaign influence questions….

Why?

Because those investigations often go places NOBODY thought they would…..

Skepticism about the utility of special prosecutors has often risen and fallen depending on whose political ox is being gored.

In the wake of Watergate and Iran-Contra, many Republicans were deeply wary of the idea. When the Supreme Court upheld the independent counsel law in 1998, Justice Antonin Scalia issued a sharp dissent.

“Nothing is so politically effective as the ability to charge that one’s opponent and his associates are not merely wrongheaded, naive, ineffective, but, in all probability, ‘crooks,’” Scalia warned. “And nothing so effectively gives an appearance of validity to such charges as a Justice Department investigation and, even better, prosecution. The present statute provides ample means for that sort of attack, assuring that massive and lengthy investigations will occur, not merely when the Justice Department in the application of its usual standards believes they are called for, but whenever it cannot be said that there are ‘no reasonable grounds to believe’ they are called for.”

Another outspoken critic of the law in that era was Attorney General William Barr, one of the former attorneys general whose portraits now grace the walls of Sessions’ conference room, was among the most outspoken opponents of the independent counsel law.

President Bill Clinton was initially a proponent of the law. In 1994, he signed a bill reauthorizing the lapsed statute for five years. The law led to independent counsel probes of five of his Cabinet members, as well as the Whitewater-Monica Lewinsky probe that led to his impeachment.

Clinton eventually concluded that giving his OK to the reauthorization was a serious mistake.

“It was a nightmare,” he told Fox News in 2010. “The only good thing to come out of it was, it killed this whole system. I don’t think there’ll ever be another one like this again.”…

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Calls increase for AG Sessions to resign or step away for Trump probes…

First the intelligence community doesn’t trust Trump….

Now do we have a FBI that has doubts about its bosses boss?

It just keeps getting worst …..

Republicans are now joining Democrats in having the nations’ top lawyer step away from the Trump and the Russian probes ….

Democrats want Sessions to quit….

The new revelations seem to be working against Republican efforts to keep the case from going to a Special Prosecutor which would curtain their chance of shielding Trump and others….

Top Republicans said Thursday that Attorney General Jeff Sessions should recuse himself from federal investigations of whether Russia interfered in the 2016 presidential election.

House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) said during an appearance on MSNBC that Sessions should bow out to maintain “the trust of the American people.”

Minutes later, House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) joined McCarthy’s call, tweeting that “AG Sessions should clarify his testimony and recuse himself.”

The calls from two of the House’s most prominent Republicans follow revelations that Sessions met with the Russian ambassador during election season. Under oath in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee for his confirmation hearing in January, Sessions had said that he had not met with any Russian officials.

According to Justice Department officials, Sessions, a top Trump supporter, met with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak twice in 2016, including one September meeting in his office.

In a statement following the revelations, Sessions denied he had met with “any Russian officials to discuss issues of the campaign. I have no idea what this allegation is about. It is false,” he said.

McCarthy and Chaffetz are the first prominent Republicans to call for Sessions to recuse himself. Some Democrats went further, calling on Sessions to resign, demanding an independent investigation and, in a few cases, accusing Sessions of lying under oath.

“After lying under oath to Congress about his own communications with the Russians, the Attorney General must resign,” House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said in a statement released late Wednesday. She added that “Sessions is not fit to serve as the top law enforcement officer of our country.”

Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), a senior member of the Senate Intelligence Committee, is also demanding a special counsel to investigate the Trump administration for ties to Russia, “given AG Sessions’ false statements about contacts with Russia.”

And House Oversight and Government Affairs ranking Democrat Elijah E. Cummings (Md.) called for Sessions to resign…..

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