He’s the ranking member of the House subcommittee overseeing Cuba and now Rep. Albio Sires (D-8th Dist.) weighs in on new Attorney General, Jeff Sessions.
According to Sires, when it comes to cutbacks — Sessions should have told the Senate Committee. Obviously, for some reason he hid it from them.
“Now he’s backtracking and you cannot lie to the Senate Committee, so I feel he should resign and move on,” Sires says.
“If we’re going to drain the swamp in Washington, we gotta start with the Attorney General’s office,” Sires says. “(Sessions) was going to recuse himself from the Russian investigation; he’s just gotta step down.”
Sires says many in the New Jersey Democratic Party share the same sentiment.
“Some of the people are calling for a special prosecutor, which I agree with — bipartisan, like the 9/11 Commission to investigate not only him but investigate the entire cutback of Russia with Donald Trump because he refuses to make his taxes public and we don’t know the extent that he has a connection with Russia. We don’t know why people in Iran have all this connection with Russia. Now we find that the Attorney General has connections with Russia, at least had contact with the Russians and the person he had contact with is one of Russia’s top spies.”
In light of all that, Sires says Sessions cannot stay Attorney General.
If he refuses to resign, the congressman says Republicans control the majority.
“Obviously they have to explain to the people in this country why this man who has extensive contact with Russia has to step down,” Sires says.
“They feel the rules apply to other people and not to them.”
(Washington, D.C.)- Congressman Sires issued the following statement on Attorney General Jeff Sessions:
“With the revelation that the Attorney General, Jeff Sessions, lied under oath about his communications with Russian officials during the Trump campaign, he should immediately resign from office. The Attorney General is charged with upholding the law and should lead by example. He should not be above reproach and needs to be treated the same as any other citizen who is testifying under oath. In addition, I strongly agree with calls to appoint an independent, special prosecutor to investigate the Trump Administration’s ties to Russia.
I’ve continued to share my concerns about the conflicts of interest surrounding several of President Trump’s cabinet picks. Specifically, the financial conflicts of interest and ties to Russia have been very troubling. That is why I am a cosponsor of H.R. 371, the Presidential Conflicts of Interest Act of 2017. This legislation would require the President and Vice President to disclose and divest any potential financial conflicts of interest. It would also require presidential appointees to recuse themselves from matters that come before their agencies involving the President’s conflicts of interest.”
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