In 1999, then Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) described perjury claims against President Bill Clinton as “serious allegations.”
“In America, the Supreme Court and the American people believe no one is above the law,” he said. Sessions also voted “guilty” on charges of perjury and obstruction of justice during Clinton’s impeachment trial.
Now, questions are being raised over statements Sessions made under oath to the Senate during his attorney general confirmation hearings last month. Sessions testified that he “did not have communications with the Russians” during the 2016 presidential election campaign, but a new report in the Washington Post said he spoke twice to the ambassador last year.
Some are already calling for a perjury investigation; House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) has urged Sessions to resign.
Sessions’ 1999 comments on C-SPAN, resurfaced by The Intercept’s Lee Fang, appear in the clip above.
The perjury discussion starts at about 9:40.