Tester Demands Sessions Recuse Himself from Russia Investigations

Senator Renews Call for Independent Investigation into the Administration’s Contact with Russian Officials

(U.S. Senate)-U.S. Senator Jon Tester today released the following statement after reports surfaced that Attorney General Jeff Sessions failed to disclose multiple conversations with Russia’s Ambassador to the United States, Sergey Kislyak:

“Attorney General Sessions must recuse himself from any investigation into this Administration’s ties to Russian officials-including Vladimir Putin. It is time to reveal the facts and get to the bottom of every conversation between the Russian government, Attorney General Sessions, Security Adviser Flynn, and other top officials of the President’s team. In order to ensure the security of our nation, I am renewing my call for an immediate, independent investigation to uncover every aspect of this Administration’s dealings with Russia.”

Tester called for an independent investigation into Russia’s influence on the Administration after the President’s National Security Advisor Michael Flynn was forced to resign due to unauthorized communication with Russian Ambassador Kislyak.

Tester, a member of the Senate Homeland Security Committee, has also called on Senate Homeland Security Committee Chairman Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) to launch an investigation into Russian cyberattacks.

Tester is sponsoring the bipartisan Russia Sanctions Review Act to prevent President Trump – or any future President – from unilaterally undermining existing U.S. efforts to hold Russian leadership accountable for cyberattacks and Russia’s illegal invasion and annexation of Ukraine.