23 People File Complaint Asking Justice Department to Begin Criminal Probe of Its Boss

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A complaint sent to the U.S. Department of Justice Monday alleges that Attorney General Jeff Sessions lied in his testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee about his communications with the Russian government and later tried to cover up the lie, and asks the department to launch a criminal inquiry of its boss.

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The complaint names 23 residents of five states and, according to the Washington Post, states that during his January confirmation hearing, Sessions gave “false and misleading” testimony when he said he “did not have communications with Russians.” That alleged lie was made worse when Sessions attempted to cover it up by having his spokeswoman make a public statement saying that he did not mislead the committee, the complaint indicates.

“We feel there is probable cause to charge him with a crime,” J. Whitfield Larrabee, a Massachusetts lawyer who represents the 23 residents, told the Washington Post. “We want indictments in the case. We want Attorney General Sessions to be treated just the same as anyone else. We don’t think that just because he’s the attorney general, that there should be a higher standard to bring charges against him.”

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