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Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer called for Jeff Sessions' resignation today during a press conference on reports that the AG withheld information about two meetings with the Russian ambassador during his Senate confirmation hearings.
Schumer's message to Trump: "It would be of Alice in Wonderland quality if this administration were to sanction [Sessions] to investigate himself."
Schumer's three-point plan should Sessions refuse to resign:
- Acting Deputy AG Dana Boente must immediately appoint a special prosecutor of "real experience and unimpeachable impartiality."
- If DOJ fails to appoint a special prosecutor, Dems will urge Mitch McConnell and Paul Ryan to work with them to create a new version of an independent counsel law — like the Ethics in Government Act of 1978 put in place after Watergate — that would give a panel of 3 federal judges the authority to appoint a special prosecutor.
- The Inspector General of the DOJ must immediately begin an investigation into Sessions' involvement in the Russia investigation thus far to determine if the investigation has already been compromised.