Today, U.S. Congressman Scott Peters (CA-52) issued the following statement regarding the revelation that Attorney General Jeff Sessions lied to the Senate Judiciary Committee during his confirmation hearing about his contacts with Russia:
“The Attorney General is our nation’s top law enforcement officer. His integrity must be beyond reproach. Senator Sessions perjured himself while being considered for this ultimate position of public trust. That is disqualifying. Without the full faith of the American public, I believe Mr. Sessions should resign.
“A nominee for Attorney General perjured himself under oath – twice – in the course of his job interview with the Senate about contacts with a foreign government that is known to have interfered in our election. I ask my Republican colleagues: if that is not cause for an independent investigation and a special prosecutor, what is?
“As then-Senator Sessions said himself in 1999 regarding perjury, ‘No one is above the law.’”
Congressman Peters is an original co-sponsor of the Protecting Our Democracy Act, which would create a 9/11-style independent commission to investigate Russian interference.