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Congressman Jim Costa

Representing the 16th District of California

Costa Calls on Sessions to Recuse Himself from Russia Investigation

Mar 2, 2017
Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Rep. Jim Costa (CA-16) released the following statement in response to reports that then-Senator Jeff Sessions spoke with Russia’s Ambassador to the United States last year and failed to provide the information while he was under oath during his confirmation hearing in the Senate Judiciary Committee.

“Russia’s interference in our nation’s democratic process is very alarming, and I support all efforts to investigate exactly what happened,” said Rep. Costa. “Attorney General Jeff Sessions failed to disclose his interactions with the Russian Ambassador to the United States during his confirmation process, and he should recuse himself from the investigations into Russia’s interference in our election. The federal government must do everything it can to uncover the facts of Russia’s involvement in the 2016 election and prevent future attempts of foreign actors to undermine our democracy. Due to the uncertainty surrounding the actions of Attorney General Sessions I do not believe he can be viewed as objective in the Department of Justice’s investigation, and he should recuse himself immediately.”