Two Republican Congressman called on Attorney General Jeff Sessions to resign yesterday citing the DOJ’s handling of the Russia investigation and repeated leaks by intelligence sources to the media. “If Sessions can’t address this issue immediately, then we have one final question needing an answer: When is it time for a new attorney general? Sadly, it seems the answer is now,” they wrote.
The op-ed was penned by Representatives Mark Meadows (R-NC) and Jim Jordan (R-OH). Both are members of the House Freedom Caucus, a group of conservative lawmakers within the larger Republican caucus. Meadows is the chair of the HFC.
In their letter, they ask a number of important questions about the conduct of the investigation into Russian meddling, including why, if the investigation began with comments made by foreign policy adviser George Papadopolous to an Australian diplomat, did the FBI wait nearly 7 months to question Papadopolous about it? They also wonder why it is that the FBI won’t answer critical questions like what was in the FISA application that allowed investigators to surveille the Trump campaign, but agents will leak vital information to the press.
Republicans have grown increasingly weary of the inquiry into Russian meddling with some members calling on special counsel Robert Mueller to be fired. Democrats fear the recent criticism is being used to lay the groundwork for a premature ending to the investigation.