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Democratic Rep. on Jeff Sessions: ‘Lying Before Congress Under Oath Qualifies to be Sent to Prison’

During an appearance on MSNBC this afternoon, Rep. Ted Lieu (D-CA) tore into embattled Attorney General Jeff Sessions, flat out stating that he deserved to go to jail.

Host Richard Lui explained that Sessions was scheduled to have dinner with President Donald Trump at Mar-a-Lago this evening. He also noted that the AG has stated that he will be resubmitting his testimony from his confirmation hearing. It was at that hearing where Sessions told Sen. Al Franken (D-MN) that he hadn’t had communications with the Russians.

“I hope Attorney General Sessions has a nice dinner because lying before Congress under oath qualifies to be sent to prison,” Lieu stated. “What Attorney General sessions did was he lied under oath which violated 18 USC 1001. We need to have a special prosecutor investigate and see if he should be indicted.”

Asked on what he would like to hear from Sessions while resubmitting testimony, Lieu suggested that Sessions couldn’t do anything to fix his original comments.

“Attorney General sessions cannot take back what he said,” Lieu noted. “He specifically said that he did not have communications with the Russians. We now know that was false.”

Sessions announced on Thursday that he would recuse himself from any investigations into the Trump campaign following reports that he spoke with the Russian ambassador twice before the election. (The attorney general stated during his announcement that he had been considering recusal weeks beforehand.)

Watch the clip above, via MSNBC.

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