Donald Trump’s Attorney General facing calls to quit over Russia contact claims

Donald Trump’s Attorney General is facing calls to resign after it emerged he spoke with the Russian ambassador to the US during the presidential campaign. House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi made the call after the Washington Post said Jeff Sessions had two conversations with Sergei Kislyak. Mr Sessions, who was an early supporter of President Trump and a policy adviser to the Republican candidate, did not disclose the communications when he was asked at his confirmation hearing whether “anyone affiliated” with the campaign had contact with Moscow. “Now, after lying under oath to Congress about his own communications with the Russians, the Attorney General must resign,” Ms Pelosi said.

Sessions is not fit to serve as the top law enforcement officer of our country and must resign

House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi

“Sessions is not fit to serve as the top law enforcement officer of our country and must resign.” But Mr Sessions hit back, saying he “never met with any Russian officials to discuss issues of the campaign”.He added: “I have no idea what this allegation is about. It is false."Reacting to the revelation, members of Congress have called on Mr Sessions to back out of any involvement in the FBI’s investigation into Russian interference in the election. "If reports are accurate that Attorney General Sessions - a prominent surrogate for Donald Trump - met with Ambassador Kislyak during the campaign, and failed to disclose this fact during his confirmation, it is essential that he recuse himself from any role in the investigation of Trump campaign ties to the Russians,” said Representative Adam Schiff, the top Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee.