Twenty-three people from five states have accused Attorney General Jeff Sessions of lying under oath to the Senate Judiciary Committee about his communications with the Russian government and then trying to cover up that lie, reports Kristine Phillips, in a complaint sent to the Department of Justice.
The complaint charges that Sessions gave false and misleading testimony to the Senate committee in January during his confirmation hearing and then of trying to covering up the alleged perjury by asking a spokeswoman to make a public statement denying that he purposely mislead the committee, says Philliips.
“We feel there is probable cause to charge him with a crime,” their lawyer, J. Whitfield Larrabee, told The Washington Post. “We want Attorney General Sessions to be treated just the same as anyone else. We don’t think that just because he’s the attorney general, that there should be a higher standard to bring charges against him.”
It’s unclear how the Justice Department will handle such a complaint leveled at its leader but Larrabee suggested that the agency should appoint a special prosecutor to handle the investigation and prosecution, says Phillips. As yet, Justice Department spokespeople have not responded to The Post’s request for comment.