Jeff Sessions just got caught perjuring himself. Twitter’s response is merciless.

It’s now confirmed that Attorney General Jeff Sessions lied during his confirmation hearings about contacting Russia. Twitter is ripping him a new one.

While undergoing confirmation hearings in the Senate Judiciary Committee, Sessions lied while under oath when asked whether or not he had any contact with Russian government officials during Donald Trump’s presidential campaign.

The Washington Post reported Wednesday night that Sessions had at least two separate conversations with Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak in July and September. Sessions alleges he can’t remember what they discussed. The Wall Street Journal also reported that Sessions is now under federal investigation over his meetings with Kislyak.

Twitter exploded with outrage at the news of Sessions’ meetings with the Russian ambassador, and reactions are a mix of calls for Sessions to recuse himself from the ongoing federal investigation regarding President Trump’s ties to Russia, and for him to resign as Attorney General altogether. And of course, some political observers on Twitter are ruthlessly mocking AG Sessions in true form.

The snark was strong with comedian Zach Heltzel and Slate’s Jamelle Bouie, who made light of Sessions’ penchant for malicious prosecution and dislike for users of marijuana:

Some Twitter users made the point that when it comes to the people President Trump chooses to surround himself with, there’s an underlying pattern of talking to Russian officials and lying about it, like former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn, who resigned over a scandal that also involved conversations with Sergey Kislyak.

Sessions’ perjury is particularly notable, given his calls for President Bill Clinton to resign when he lied under oath about having an affair with Monica Lewinsky. Twitter users dug up video of Sessions’ calling for Clinton’s resignation:

Journalist Sarah Kendzior tweeted that Sessions, who recently reversed a Department of Justice decision to not house federal prisoners in private prisons, may get to see the inside of one. And Senator Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii) suggested Sessions recuse himself from any investigation regarding his own ties to Russia:

Others pointed out that Sessions — who was previously denied an appointment to a federal judgeship by a Republican-controlled Senate in 1986 due to his record of racially biased prosecution — has plenty of other not-so-redeeming qualities aside from lying about having conversations with the Russian government.


Kevin Wallace is a journalist with five years’ experience in print and digital media, and covers politics, media, and culture for the Resistance Report. He lives in Tallahassee, Florida.