Following reports that Sessions spoke with the Russian Ambassador and misled the Senate Judiciary Committee and the American people, Klobuchar took to the Senate floor to call for a special prosecutor to look into contacts between Trump aides and surrogates and Russian officials during the campaign, transition, and Administration 

Klobuchar also urged the need for Attorney General Sessions to come before the Senate Judiciary Committee and answer questions immediately

WASHINGTON, DC – Today on the Senate floor, U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar urged the appointment of a special prosecutor and asked Attorney General Jeff Sessions to come before the Senate Judiciary Committee. Following reports that Sessions spoke with the Russian Ambassador and misled the Senate Judiciary Committee and the American people, Klobuchar took to the Senate floor to call for a special prosecutor to look into contacts between Trump aides and surrogates and Russian officials during the campaign, transition, and Administration. Klobuchar also urged the need for Attorney General Sessions to come before the Senate Judiciary Committee and answer questions immediately.

“The meeting between Sessions and the Russian Ambassador took place just three days after President Obama met Vladimir Putin at the G20 Summit and made it clear that the United States would keep enforcing sanctions against Russia and told Putin to stop undermining the U.S. election system with cyber-attacks,” Klobuchar said. “We’ve already seen Paul Manafort resign from the campaign over Russia. We saw General Flynn step down over his contacts with the Russian Ambassador the day President Obama announced new sanctions. This all seems to me a pattern, and I want to see the facts.”

Klobuchar continued, “If we are committed to ensuring that Russia’s hacking, invasions, and blackmail do not go unchecked, we must do everything in our power to uncover the full extent of Russia’s interference political system. We must hold our government’s highest officials accountable when they mislead the American people.”

In early January, Klobuchar introduced legislation with four other senators to create an independent, nonpartisan commission to comprehensively investigate Russian interference in the 2016 election. She was also one of the original cosponsors of the bipartisan Countering Russian Hostilities Act, which would impose strong sanctions against Russia to address cyberattacks, human rights violations, and the illegal annexation of land in Ukraine and Georgia. Klobuchar was recently in Ukraine, the Baltic states, and Georgia to reinforce support for our Eastern European allies and to focus on mounting international cybersecurity threats. The bipartisan congressional delegation was led by Republican Senator John McCain from Arizona, the Chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, and also included Klobuchar and Republican Senator Lindsey Graham of South Carolina. Klobuchar has also urged the Administration to include U.S. election systems as part of our critical infrastructure.


For a broadcast-quality video excerpt of Klobuchar’s remarks, click here.

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