Sanders: Sessions should resign

Sen. Bernie SandersBernard (Bernie) SandersTrump: ‘Clapper has now admitted there was spying on my campaign’ Overnight Defense: Trump decision on Korea summit coming 'next week' | China disinvited from major naval exercise | Senate sends VA reform bill to Trump Senate sends major VA reform bill to Trump's desk MORE (I-Vt.) is joining a growing chorus of Democratic senators calling on Attorney General Jeff SessionsJefferson (Jeff) Beauregard SessionsDem: Trump’s policy of separating children, parents at border ‘would shock Jesus’ Don't let them fool you — Republicans love regulation, too Sally Yates: Trump's demand for FBI investigation is ‘a step beyond dangerous’ MORE to resign.

Sanders’s statement comes after The Washington Post reported that Sessions spoke to Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak twice during the presidential campaign, then denied any meetings under oath during his confirmation hearing. 

Sanders called the report “deeply disturbing.”

“Attorney General Sessions should resign and a special prosecutor should be appointed to give the American people credible answers about Russia’s involvement in the U.S. election,” Sanders said in a statement. 

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“We need a Justice Department that will give us the facts about Russia’s involvement in the 2016 election and their ties to the Trump campaign, not one led by someone who deliberately misled Congress about his own communications with the Russian government,” he said. 

Top Democrats — including Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerOvernight Finance: White House planning new tax cut proposal this summer | Schumer wants Congress to block reported ZTE deal | Tech scrambles to comply with new data rules OPEC and Russia may raise oil output under pressure from Trump The Hill's 12:30 Report — Sponsored by Delta Air Lines — GOP centrists in striking distance of immigration vote MORE (N.Y.), House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (Calif.) and potential 2020 presidential contenders such as Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenFortune 500 CEOs: The professional athletes of corporate America The Hill's Morning Report — Sponsored by PhRMA — The art of walking away from the deal Rising star Abrams advances in Georgia governor race MORE (Mass.) — have demanded that Sessions resign over his conversations. 

Other Democrats, and some Republicans, are calling on Sessions to recuse himself from any investigation into contacts between President Trump's campaign and Moscow.

Though Sessions opened the door to recusing himself on Thursday, the White House quickly shot down the possibility. 

“There’s nothing to recuse himself,” White House press secretary Sean Spicer said in an interview with Fox News that aired late Thursday morning.

“He was 100 percent straight with the committee, and I think that people [who] are choosing to play partisan politics with this should be ashamed of themselves,” he added.