Sen. Burr, Rep. Walker weigh in on AG Sessions, possible recusal from Russia investigation
WASHINGTON — Capitol Hill has been dominated Thursday by a disagreement over what, if any, steps Attorney General Jeff Sessions should take after it surfaced that he spoke with the Russian ambassador to the US during last year’s campaign.
Sessions, a top surrogate at the time for Donald Trump, did not disclose the private meetings in his confirmation hearings in January.
Many Democrats are calling for Sessions to outright resign. Others are saying he must recuse himself from ongoing investigations into Russia’s alleged interference into the presidential election.
Republicans are more split: Some agree with their Democratic colleagues that Sessions should recuse himself, but a large group of GOP lawmakers are either evading questions from reporters or instead trying to wade through the choppy political waters without taking a clear position.
“The Attorney General has said he would recuse himself when needed and I trust him to make what he feels is the appropriate decision as to his involvement in any investigation into Russian active measures and the 2016 election,” Sen. Richard Burr (R-North Carolina) said.
Rep. Mark Walker (R-North Carolina) also weighed in on the issue through a spokesperson.
“Congressman Walker believes Attorney General Sessions’ offer to recuse himself is the right move,” said Jack Minor Jr., with Walker4NC.
No Republicans on Capitol Hill have yet called on Sessions to resign.
Here’s a list of who stands where on Sessions as of midday Thursday:
Democrats calling for Sessions to resign
- Rep. Nancy Pelosi, D-California
- Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Massachusetts
- Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Maryland
- Rep. Joe Crowley, D-New York
- Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Missouri
- Sen. Jeff Merkley, D-Oregon
- Rep. Eliot Engel, D-New York
- Sen. Ted Lieu, D-California
- Rep. Eric Swalwell, D-California
- Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-New York
Democrats calling for Sessions to recuse himself
- Sen. Joe Manchin, D-West Virginia
- Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vermont
- Rep. Adam Schiff, D-California
- Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Oregon
- Sen. Bob Casey, D-Pennsylvania
- Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse, D-Rhode Island
- Sen. Tammy Baldwin, D-Wisconsin
- Sen. Angus King, I-Maine (caucuses with Democrats)
- Sen. Tim Kaine, D-Virginia
Republicans calling for Sessions to recuse himself
- Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio
- Rep. Raul Labrador, R-Idaho
- Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah
- Rep. Darrell Issa, R-California
- Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-South Carolina