WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congressman Stephen F. Lynch (D-Boston) released the following statement on Attorney General Jeff Sessions:

“Attorney General Jeff Sessions should resign immediately. It is deeply troubling that he repeatedly lied under oath when questioned about his contacts with Russia. It is clear that by his false and perjurious statements during his confirmation hearing that he has rendered himself unfit to serve as our nation’s chief law enforcement officer. The Russian hacking and interference in the 2016 election threatens the integrity of our democratic process. I have previously and repeatedly called for a formal investigation into the Russian interference. I believe that Congress should immediately begin the process of appointing an independent special prosecutor on this matter.”

Congressman Lynch first sent a letter in December of 2016 to Oversight and Government Reform Chairman Jason Chaffetz calling for a bipartisan investigation to examine reports that Russia engaged in cyberespionage targeting the United States to interfere with the 2016 U.S. federal elections. Congressman Lynch and Ranking Member Cummings spoke out about Republican inaction to initiate an investigation during a recent Oversight hearing.

Congressman Lynch also joined Oversight and Government Reform Ranking Member Elijah Cummings on multiple letters calling for investigations into General Michael Flynn’s contacts with Russian officials.

In addition, Congressman Lynch is an original cosponsor of H.R. 356, the Protecting Our Democracy Act, which creates an independent, bipartisan commission to investigate Russian interference in the 2016 election. The bipartisan legislation has 198 cosponsors.