“The View” Reacts: Jeff Sessions Lied About Russia Meetings (VIDEO)
On Thursday’s “The View,” the co-hosts reacted to Jeff Sessions allegedly lying about Russia meetings. Watch below.
On Wednesday night, the Washington Post reported that Sessions did not disclose during his attorney general confirmation hearing that he met twice with the Russian ambassador to the U.S. before the presidential election. Now Democrats and others are calling for him to resign for lying under oath, or at least recuse himself from any investigation on Russia’s interference with the election. On the ABC talk show, Whoopi Goldberg asked, “Does he have to go?”
Joy Behar and Jedediah Bila immediately answered “yes.” But Sunny Hostin didn’t agree, at least at first, because Sessions was asked about having contact in a campaign capacity, when he was merely a senator at the time. “I don’t know that he was part of the campaign, so there’s that technicality. But a hint of impropriety of there,” the lawyer argued.
She went on, “I don’t know that he was misleading under oath, but I do think he has to recuse himself from any investigation. I don’t know if it’s lying since the question posed” was about campaign workers. Bila asked in response, “But doesn’t it look shady if you had contact in another capacity and you chose not to disclose it?” Hostin did agree it was “shady.”
And Sara Haines said the part she found “deceitful” was Sessions saying that he’d been referred to as a “surrogate” for the campaign, but did not have any meetings, when he actually did. Behar later asked, “The point is, why did he lie? He didn’t have to lie… Same with that guy, Flynn. He lied when he didn’t have to. Why is everybody lying? To protect Trump?… I think this is unraveling very, very quickly right now.”
But Goldberg said, “I don’t think it had anything to do with you-know-who. I think they lied because they knew no matter what they were going to get in.” And while Hostin said “asking him to resign is the nuclear option,” she was in agreement on a recusal. Goldberg also declared, “People shouldn’t have to ask you to recuse yourself. You’re the fox in the hen house. Get out!”
The panelists went on to discuss the timing of the Sessions report, as well as Trump’s continued issues with the media. But after the break, Hostin said Sessions did actually work for Trump’s campaign officially, meaning he “perjured himself.” Now not only was she in favor of a resignation, but said as a prosecutor, she would want to charge him. Check out the video below.