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Common Cause Demands Resignation of Attorney General Jeff Sessions


Today, Common Cause demanded the resignation of Attorney General Jeff Sessions and that his successor name a special prosecutor to investigate Russian interference in the 2016 election. Common Cause delivered a letter calling for his resignation during a protest outside the Department of Justice.

"Jeff Session has violated the trust of the American people, lied to Congress and proven himself the wrong man at the wrong time to hold office as the nation's top law enforcement official," said Karen Hobert Flynn, President of Common Cause. "This country cannot have an Attorney General who makes false statements to Congress during his own confirmation hearings or at any other time. And certainly this country cannot have an Attorney General investigating Russian interference in the 2016 election and contacts between the Trump campaign and Russian government officials when that Attorney General was both a surrogate of the campaign and was meeting privately with Russian officials at a time when Members of Congress had been made aware of Russian efforts to swing the election."

The letter demanding Sessions' resignation was sent to the Department of Justice, the White House and every Member of the United States Senate.

Further, Common Cause is urging Senator Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) to work with their Democratic counterparts to utilize the "independent counsel" law to request court appointment of an independent counsel.

To read the letter, click here.

To view this statement online, click here.

Common Cause is a nonpartisan, grassroots organization dedicated to upholding the core values of American democracy. We work to create open, honest, and accountable government that serves the public interest; promote equal rights, opportunity, and representation for all; and empower all people to make their voices heard in the political process.

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