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Most Americans Think Jeff Sessions Should Resign, According to a New Poll

The attorney general promised to recuse himself from investigating Trump's campaign, but apparently a good number of Americans don't think that's enough.
March 8, 2017, 8:20pm
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A majority of Americans think that Attorney General Jeff Sessions lied under oath during his confirmation hearing and should step down as a result, according to a Quinnipiac poll of 1,323 people that was released Wednesday.

What's more, a similar percentage say they disapprove of the way President Trump is handling US-Russia relations, and a whopping 66 percent say that there should be an independent commission tasked with investigating all of the potential links between his administration and the Kremlin.


"The gavel comes down hard on Attorney General Jeff Sessions," says Tim Malloy, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Poll. "He lied and he should quit because of it, say Americans, who are clearly very concerned about the Russian affair and all the administration personnel involved with it."

During his confirmation hearing with the Senate Judiciary Committee on January 10, Senator Al Franken asked Sessions what he would do if he learned that the Trump campaign had been in cahoots with the Russians during the election. Sessions replied that he wasn't aware of the campaign communicating with the Russians, and that he had been a Trump surrogate and hadn't had any communications with Russia himself.

This month, Department of Justice officials said that he had in fact met with Sergey Kislyak, the Russian ambassador to the US, which led to Sessions saying he would recuse himself from any investigation involving Russian hacking of the November election. But based on the Quinnipiac results, it seems like a good number of Americans think that's not enough.

Predictably, however, the poll results skewed among party lines. For instance, although Trump's baseless tweets will probably lead to an investigation into whether or not Obama tapped his phones, 66 percent of Republicans oppose the idea of investigating the Russian connection as well.

Trump's overall approval rating is 41 percent, according to the poll, up three points since Quinnipiac last measured it.

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