Pelosi on Sessions: ‘We are far past recusal’

Pelosi on Sessions: ‘We are far past recusal’
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House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) on Thursday slammed Republicans calling for 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 recuse himself from investigations into Russia, saying that’s not nearly enough.

“We are far past recusal. Jeff #Sessions lied under oath. Anything less than resignation or removal from office is unacceptable,” Pelosi tweeted.

Pelosi first called for Sessions to resign late Wednesday, shortly after reports that Sessions spoke with Russia’s U.S. ambassador twice during last year’s campaign.

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Sessions said during his January confirmation hearings that he "did not have communications with the Russians.”

Since the revelation, Sessions has faced rising calls from Republicans to recuse himself from any investigations into Russia’s connections to President Trump’s administration. 

House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) and House Oversight Committee Chairman Jason ChaffetzJason ChaffetzOvernight Finance: Trump pitches massive tax cuts | Freedom Caucus endorses plan | Dems slam framework | House GOP to move B border wall bill | Officials under fire for private jet use GOP lawmaker pushes to end sports leagues' tax-exempt status Republicans predict Senate ObamaCare repeal would pass House MORE (R-Utah) are among the key GOP voices who have called for recusal.

Sessions said early Thursday that he would be willing to recuse himself if it's "appropriate.”

Other top Democrats, including Oversight Committee ranking member Elijah Cummings (D-Md.) and 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.), have joined Pelosi in demanding Sessions’s resignation.