Quigley Statement on Reports of Attorney General Sessions’ Lies Under Oath
WASHINGTON – Today, Representative Mike Quigley (IL-05), member of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence (HPSCI), released the following statement on reports of Attorney General Sessions’ lies regarding Russian meetings, as well as HPSCI’s approved scope of the Russian investigation:
“It is both unconscionable and unacceptable that Attorney General Jeff Sessions lied under oath about his communications with the Russian Ambassador. It is clear that he must now recuse himself from participation in any Department of Justice investigation of contacts between the Trump campaign and Russian officials. Additionally, Jeff Sessions should resign his post as Attorney General. His role as our nation’s top law enforcement official has been compromised and any continued involvement in the Russian investigation would only undermine the broad, fair, and thorough investigation we need to protect our democratic institutions and the rule of law. Unfortunately, reports of Session’s secret talks just add to the growing list of Trump campaign staff and Administration officials who held private conversations with members of the Russian government. This trend should concern all Americans, while strengthening the already solid, indisputable case for an independent, bipartisan investigation into the Trump Administration’s Russian ties.
“In light of this development, and now that Chairman Nunes and Ranking Member Schiff have approved the Scope of Investigation for the inquiry by the House Intelligence Committee, it is time to proceed with urgency in our work to follow the facts where they lead. Integrity, honesty, and truth are fundamental components of an effective government that maintains public trust, and a bipartisan investigation will ensure these ideals supersede politics.
“We will do our work in Congress, but it is also imperative that the Trump Administration immediately come clean with who else had contact, when, what was discussed, and what promises were made, if any. Anything less would not just be the Administration resisting an investigation, but thwarting it.”
The Scope of Investigation will seek to answer the following questions:
- What Russian cyber activity and other active measures were directed against the United States and its allies?
- Did the Russian active measures include links between Russia and individuals associated with political campaigns or any other U.S. Persons?
- What was the U.S. Government’s response to these Russian active measures and what do we need to do to protect ourselves and our allies in the future?
- What possible leaks of classified information took place related to the Intelligence Community Assessment of these matters?
The Committee will also conduct interviews, take witness testimony, and review all reporting underlying the Intelligence Community Assessment (ICA) “Russian Activities and Intentions in Recent US Elections.” The inquiry will seek to ensure that the ICA comported with all relevant Intelligence Community analytic standards, and that allegations of Russian collusion with any U.S. Persons and the leaks of classified information are fully investigated. While the Committee has access to the reporting underlying the ICA, the Scope of Investigation reiterates the need to expand access to those documents and to ensure they are delivered to and stored at the Committee. It also sets forth the expectation that the Intelligence Community provide any other relevant intelligence to the Committee.