Rep. Ted Lieu, D-Calif., said Attorney General Jeff Sessions “absolutely” committed perjury and should be removed from his position after new information revealed about Sessions' prior testimony about the Trump campaign’s contacts with Russians has raised questions about his transparency.
CNN host Wolf Blitzer asked Lieu during an interview Friday if Sessions, who had served as an adviser to the Trump campaign, had committed perjury after new details emerged concerning former Trump campaign aides Carter Page and George Papadopoulos.
“Absolutely. He lied under oath at least twice and most recently, both Carter Page and George Papadopoulos, based on their testimony and their statements, they show that Jeff Sessions contradicted himself when he said he was not aware of any campaign official talking to the Russians. It was clear both Carter Page and George Papadopoulos were doing that, and they let him know they were doing that.”
Sessions previously testified he had no knowledge of a proposed meeting between Russians and Papadopoulos. However, NBC News reported Thursday that Sessions had shut down Papadopoulos’ suggestion to use his Russian contacts to schedule a meeting with Russian leader Vladimir Putin. Separately, it was reported that Page told Sessions he was visiting Moscow in July 2016.
“He committed perjury,” Lieu said. “He should not be in that position.”
Lieu's stance on perjury is a step up from that put forth by Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., who said Thursday perjury could be in Sessions future.
"Perjury is a very careful standard, but it's something that would be looked at," Schumer told MSNBC host Rachel Maddow.
Democrats from the Senate Judiciary Committee are calling on Sessions to testify again in light of the new revelations.
Papadopoulos has pleaded guilty for lying to the FBI for his contacts with Russian nationals.