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The New 2020 Litmus Test? Warren, Booker Call for Sessions’ Resignation

In a Democratic Party where the most dramatic position earns the most enthusiasm from the left, two star senators – and possible 2020 candidates – agree on Jeff Sessions.

Cory Booker

Legal experts have debated over Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ intent when he failed to disclose prior contacts with Russian officials at his confirmation hearing before the Senate in January.

Some 2020 Democrats, though, are acting as ‘judge, jury, and executioner’ on Sessions. It’s a sign some potential candidates see feeding the base as the best way to get clicks and attention ahead of what will be a contentious primary.


Firebrand Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) tweeted on Tuesday – as Sessions’ hearing before the Senate Intelligence Committee started – that the attorney general should resign.

Warren’s call received a literal “Amen” from another possible 2020 candidate, and avid tweeter, Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ):


The Washington Post reported on March 1 that in 2016 Sessions, then a senator, spoke twice to Russia’s ambassador to the United States, meetings Sessions “did not disclose when asked about possible contacts” at his confirmation hearing.

As mentioned above, legal experts have debated whether Sessions committed perjury, since perjury means someone “willfully subscribes as true any material matter which he does not believe to be true.”

Sessions explained the episode(s) in more detail at his hearing on Tuesday, but it should come as no surprise that possible 2020 Democratic challengers have made their decision. Add Sessions’ resignation to a long list of litmus tests, including abortion and single-payer health care.