Washington, DC – U.S. Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ) issued the following statement:

“It is profoundly disturbing that Attorney General Jeff Sessions had direct contact with Russia’s ambassador on multiple occasions last year even though he swore under oath during his Senate confirmation hearing that he ‘did not have communications with the Russians.’

 “Given the lines of inquiry during his confirmation process, it’s clear that Mr. Sessions withheld critical information from the Senate Judiciary Committee. Mr. Sessions, a former prosecutor, someone who stressed again and again the importance of full disclosure in the confirmation process when he served in the Senate, and our nation’s top law enforcement officer, should know better than anyone the gravity of withholding relevant information while under oath.

"Mr. Sessions has irrevocably eroded confidence in his ability to continue serving as an impartial enforcer of America’s laws. For the good of the country, Jeff Sessions should resign as Attorney General.

“Moreover, there must be a thorough and independent investigation into Russian efforts to influence the election. There should be an independent investigation into Mr. Sessions’ actions as well.‎ Congressional Republicans must recognize this, fully exercise their oversight responsibilities, and demand an independent special counsel.”