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Al in the News

Al has been all over the news lately, discussing the latest revelations about communications between Attorney General Jeff Sessions and at least one Russian official prior to the election.

Here’s Al’s interview on MSNBC’s Morning Joe:

Here’s Al in the Star Tribune:

“Franken, Klobuchar call for Attorney General Sessions to recuse self from Russia probe”
— 3/2/2017

WASHINGTON — Sens. Al Franken and Amy Klobuchar on Thursday called for Attorney General Jeff Sessions to recuse himself from the Federal Bureau of Investigation probe into Russia’s interference in last November’s election, but both stopped short of asking him to resign.

The push by Minnesota’s two U.S. senators comes after a Washington Post report that Sessions, then a U.S. senator from Alabama and a top adviser to then-Republican candidate Donald Trump, had two conversations in July and September with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak. Sessions told Franken during his confirmation hearing that he was not aware of any contacts between the Trump campaign and the Russian government.

Franken said it was “clearer than ever now that the attorney general cannot, in good faith, oversee an investigation at the Department of Justice and the FBI of the Trump-Russia connection and he must recuse himself immediately…”


Here’s Al in The Hill:

“Franken: Sessions was ‘extremely misleading’ in confirmation hearing”
— 3/2/2017

Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) says Attorney General Jeff Sessions was “extremely misleading,” at the very least, during his confirmation hearing regarding his contacts with Russia.

“I had simply asked him what would he do if he had learned that other members of the campaign had met with the Russians, hoping he would say he would recuse himself,” Franken said Thursday on CNN’s “New Day,” referring to his questioning of Sessions during his confirmation hearing.

“He chose not to answer that but instead chose to say that he had not met with the Russians and of course, the ambassador from Russia is Russian.”

Asked whether he thinks Sessions lied, Franken said, “At the very least, this was extremely misleading.”

He said he plans to send Sessions a letter to “have him explain himself,” noting the former Alabama senator made a statement during his confirmation hearing that he had not spoken to any Russian officials…