Leading Democrats, including U.S. House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi, call on Attorney General Jeff Sessions to resign or to recuse himself from any investigation into Russian meddling in the U.S. presidential election, after reports that Sessions failed to disclose meetings with Russia's ambassador before Trump took office. Rough Cut (no reporter narration)
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) U.S. House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi called on Attorney General Jeff Sessions to resign on Wednesday (March 1) after the Washington Post reported he failed to disclose two meetings he had with Russia's ambassador before Donald Trump was inaugurated as president. Citing Justice Department officials, the Post said Sessions spoke twice last year with Russia's ambassador while he was still a U.S. senator. He failed to disclose the encounters when asked during his confirmation hearing to become attorney general about possible contacts between Trump's campaign and Russian officials, the newspaper said. Pelosi, the top Democrat in the House of Representatives, called for Sessions to resign and for an independent, bipartisan investigation into Trump's possible ties to Russians. "Sessions is not fit to serve as the top law enforcement officer of our country and must resign," she said in a statement. In a statement posted on Twitter later by his spokeswoman Sarah Isgur Flores, Sessions said he had never discussed campaign details with any Russian officials. "I have no idea what this allegation is about. It is false," Sessions said in the statement.