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Congressman C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger

Representing the 2nd District of Maryland

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Ruppersberger Issues Statement on Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ Communication with Russians

Mar 2, 2017
Press Release

(Washington, DC) — Congressman C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger today issued the following statement after it was reported that Attorney General Jeff Sessions spoke with Russia’s ambassador to the United States while serving as a Trump campaign advisor, contrary to testimony he provided under oath to the Senate Judiciary Committee during his confirmation hearings.

“I am beyond disturbed by reports that Attorney General Jeff Sessions may have lied under oath to Congress, failing to disclose his communications with the Russian Ambassador during the Trump campaign. At the very least, the Attorney General must recuse himself from any investigation into Russian interference with our elections and communications with the Administration.

This controversy once again underscores the need for a special and completely independent prosecutor to investigate any and all connections between the Trump Administration and the Kremlin. This includes obtaining a copy of the President’s tax returns. The President’s own son once said the family’s businesses “see a lot of money pouring in from Russia.” 

Calls for the President to release his tax returns and disclose all ties to Russia are not going to stop. The American public deserves to know the extent of these dealings and if these connections could affect our national security. The President promised to release his tax returns after an audit concluded. I am calling on him to finally make good on that promise – put it out there if you have nothing to hide.”