Warren calls for Sessions to resign: 'This is not normal. This is not fake news'
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Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenOvernight Finance: Lawmakers grill Equifax chief over hack | Wells Fargo CEO defends bank's progress | Trump jokes Puerto Rico threw budget 'out of whack' | Mortgage tax fight tests industry clout Michelle Obama is exactly who the Democrats need to win big in 2020 Wells Fargo chief defends bank's progress in tense Senate hearing MORE (D-Mass.) called on Attorney General Jeff SessionsJefferson (Jeff) Beauregard SessionsIntel leaders: Collusion still open part of investigation Republicans jockey for position on immigration Biden to Alabama: No more extremist senators MORE to step down following revelations that he spoke to the Russian ambassador to the United States twice over the last year.

In a tweet storm, Warren called for Sessions to resign and for a special prosecutor to investigate the Trump administration's ties to Russia.

"It's a simple q: 'Have you been in contact with anyone connected to any part of the Russian government about the 2016 election?'" Warren tweeted. "Jeff Sessions answered 'No.' Turns out he met with the Russian Ambassador. Two months before the election."

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"This is not normal. This is not fake news. This is a very real & serious threat to the national security of the United States," Warren continued. "We need a special prosecutor totally independent of the AG. We need a real, bipartisan, transparent Congressional investigation into Russia. And we need Attorney General Jeff Sessions – who should have never been confirmed in the first place – to resign. We need it now."

The Washington Post on Wednesday reported that Sessions spoke privately with Russia's ambassador to the United States, Sergey Kislyak, in September. He also spoke with Kislyak and other ambassadors during an event in July.

A spokeswoman for Sessions told the newspaper that the then-senator was acting as an Armed Services Committee member rather than as a Trump surrogate at the time.

Warren joins other prominent Democrats who have called for Sessions to resign, including House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (Calif.) and Rep. Elijah Cummings (Md.). 

Sessions said in a statement late Wednesday: “I never met with any Russian officials to discuss issues of the campaign. I have no idea what this allegation is about. It is false.”