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Jeff Sessions bows to political pressure

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Many Democrats are calling for Sessions to outright resign

Republicans are more split

Editor’s Note: At about 4:15 p.m. ET Thursday, Attorney General Jeff Sessions recused himself from any current and future investigations into Russia ties to the Trump campaign.

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Capitol Hill has been dominated Thursday by a disagreement over what, if any, steps Attorney General Jeff Sessions should take after it surfaced that he spoke with the Russian ambassador to the US during last year’s campaign.

Sessions, a top surrogate at the time for Donald Trump, did not disclose the private meetings in his confirmation hearings in January.

Many Democrats are calling for Sessions to outright resign. Others are merely saying he must recuse himself from ongoing investigations into Russia’s alleged interference into the presidential election.

Republicans are more split: Some agree with their Democratic colleagues that Sessions should recuse himself, but a large group of GOP lawmakers are either evading questions from reporters or instead trying to wade through the choppy political waters without taking a clear position.

None have yet called on him to resign.

Here’s a list of who stands where on Sessions as of midday Thursday:

Democrats calling for Sessions to resign

  • Rep. Nancy Pelosi, D-California
  • Sen. Kamala Harris, D-California
  • Jackie Speier, D-California
  • Rep. Adam Schiff, D-California
  • Jan Schakowsky, D-Illinois
  • Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Massachusetts
  • Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Maryland
  • Rep. Joe Crowley, D-New York
  • Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Missouri
  • Sen. Jeff Merkley, D-Oregon
  • Rep. Eliot Engel, D-New York
  • Rep. Ted Lieu, D-California
  • Rep. Eric Swalwell, D-California
  • Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-New York
  • Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Connecticut
  • Sen. Cory Booker, D-New Jersey
  • Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio
  • Sen. Maria Cantwell, D-Washington
  • Sen. Catherine Cortez-Masto, D-Nevada
  • Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Illinois
  • Sen. Martin Heinrich, D-New Mexico
  • Sen. Ed Markey, D-Massachusetts
  • Sen. Chris Murphy, D-Connecticut
  • Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-New York
  • Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vermont
  • Sen. Debbie Stabenow, D-Michigan
  • Sen. Tom Udall, D-New Mexico
  • Sen. Christ Van Hollen, D-Maryland
  • Rep. Nanette Barragan, D-California
  • Rep. Linda Sanchez, D-California

Democrats calling for Sessions to recuse himself

  • Sen. Joe Manchin, D-West Virginia
  • Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vermont
  • Rep. Adam Schiff, D-California
  • Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-California
  • Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Oregon
  • Sen. Bob Casey, D-Pennsylvania
  • Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse, D-Rhode Island
  • Sen. Tammy Baldwin, D-Wisconsin
  • Sen. Angus King, I-Maine (caucuses with Democrats)
  • Sen. Tim Kaine, D-Virginia

Republicans calling for Sessions to recuse himself

  • Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio
  • Rep. Raul Labrador, R-Idaho
  • Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah
  • Rep. Darrell Issa, R-California
  • Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-South Carolina

CORRECTION: This article has been updated to accurately reflect Rep. Ted Lieu’s title.

CNN’s Ted Barrett, Deirdre Walsh, Ashley Killough, Tom LoBianco and Manu Raju contributed to this report.