Update: The number of Dems who have called upon Sessions to resign is now up to 30.
Within the last 12 hours, a number of Democrats have already called for the resignation of Attorney General Jeff Sessions, including Nancy Pelosi, Elizabeth Warren and Elijah Cummings, who was all over the news this morning. Republican Senator Lindsay Graham — a frequent Trump critic — also suggested last night that if Sessions talked to a Russian ambassador, he should recuse himself from the investigation into Trump campaign contacts with Russian officials.
This morning, however, a couple of big guns within the Republican party have stopped short of calling for Sessions resignation, but they have suggested he should recuse himself. Kevin McCarthy, the second ranked Republican in the House of Representatives, called upon Sessions to recuse himself in an appearance on MSNBC this morning.
Rep. Kevin McCarthy - House GOP No. 2 - on Sessions: "I think in the trust of the American people, you recuse yourself in these situations."— David Wright (@DavidWright_CNN) March 2, 2017
Meanwhile, weasel Jason Chaffetz — who led the charge against Hillary Clinton for both emailgate and Benghazi, but who has been reluctant to investigate the President’s ties to Russia — also came out against Sessions in a tweet this morning.
AG Sessions should clarify his testimony and recuse himself— Jason Chaffetz (@jasoninthehouse) March 2, 2017
Republican Congressman (and former Real World cast member), Sean Duffy, also added, “it gives me some pause that he wasn’t more clear about the meeting.” On NPR this morning, Marco Rubio also hinted at Sessions need to recuse himself.
Recall that Sessions is saying that he spoke to the Russian ambassador in his Senatorial capacity and not as a campaign advisor, though the initial news reports never accused him of speaking to the Russian official as a campaign spokesperson. He created that straw man himself to knock him down. Nevertheless, it should be noted that, when Sessions spoke to the Russian ambassador, he was most certainly heavily involved in the Trump campaign.
For more context on this controversy, read here. We’ll have more as it continues to develop throughout the day. We can almost certainly expect more Republicans to turn against Sessions.