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42 members of Congress call on Sessions to resign or recuse himself

Those calling on him to resign are all Democrats.

Then-Sen. Jeff Sessions at a Jan. 10 Senate Judiciary Committee confirmation heariReuters

Dozens ofmembers of Congress are calling on Attorney General Jeff Sessions to resign or recuse himself from investigations after reports surfaced that the former Alabama senator had two meetings with a Russian official ahead of President Donald Trump's inauguration.

Twenty Democrats have called for the controversial top cop to step down from his post, while sevenRepublicans, 14Democrats and one Independentare urging Sessions to step aside from probes into Russian interference in the 2016 election.

Meanwhile, Sessions, a Republican, denied any wrongdoing in an interview withNBC News Thursday: "I have not met with any Russians at any time to discuss any political campaign, and those remarks are unbelievable to me and are false. And I don't have anything else to say about that."

He added that "whenever it's appropriate" he will recuse himself.

In his Senate confirmation hearing, Sessions said he "did not have communications with the Russians" when asked if there was any evidence that anyone affiliated with the Trump campaign had communicated with Moscow.

Asked if he had any contact with the Russian government regarding the 2016 election, Sessions also responded "no."

Lawmakers calling on Sessions to recuse:

Rep. Diane Feinstein (D-CA)

Rep. Darrell Issa(R-CA)

Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA)

Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-CA)

Rep. Mike Coffman (R-CO)

Sen. Bill Nelson (D-FL)

Rep. Raul Labrador (R-ID)

Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL)

Sen. Angus King (I-ME)

Sen. Al Franken (D-MN)

Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN)

Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.)

Sen. Bob Menendez (D-N.J.)

Rep. Joe Crowley (D-N.Y.)

Sen. Rob Portman (R-OH)

Sen. Bob Casey (D-PA)

Rep. David Cicilline (D-R.I.)

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.)

Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-UT)

Rep. Barbara Comstock (R-VA)

Rep. Gerry Connolly (D-VA)

Sen. Tim Kaine (D-VA)

Lawmakers calling on Sessions to resign:

Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA)

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA)

Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA)

Rep. Katherine Clark (D-MA)

Rep. Joe Kennedy (D-MA)

Rep. Jim McGovern (D-MA)

Rep. Seth Moulton (D-MA)

Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA)

Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-MD)

Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-MO)

Rep. Alma Adams (D-N.C.)

Rep. Eliot Engel (D-N.Y.)

Sen. Kristen Gillibrand (D-N.Y.)

Rep. Jerry Nadler (D-N.Y.)

Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.)

Rep. Tim Ryan (D-OH)

​Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-OR)

Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX)

Rep. Don Beyer (D-VA)

Sen. Bernie Sanders (D-VT)

 

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