(WASHINGTON, D.C.) – Today, Ranking Member Jerrold Nadler (D-NY) led House Judiciary Committee Democrats in sending letters to Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker and House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-VA) regarding the firing of Attorney General Jeff Sessions by President Donald Trump in what appears to be a clear effort to change the supervisory structure for Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s ongoing criminal investigation.
In the letters, the Members wrote: “The forced firing of Attorney General Sessions appears to be part of an ongoing pattern of behavior by the President seeking to undermine investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election. These actions include, among other things: (i) attempting to end the FBI’s investigation of former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn; (ii) firing FBI Director James Comey because of “this Russia thing;” (iii) distorting the facts in the response to revelations that senior members of the Trump campaign met with Russian operatives at Trump Tower prior to the election; (iv) repeatedly threatening to fire Special Counsel Mueller; and (v) recklessly threatening to selectively disclose classified information relating to the investigation.”
In their letter to Acting Attorney General Whitaker, the Members demanded clarity on who had been given authority over the Special Counsel given the highly suspect circumstances of Attorney General Sessions’ removal, the President’s continued pattern of threatening to end the Mueller investigation, and the need for Whitaker to recuse himself from supervising the Special Counsel given his well-documented bias against the investigation.
The Members also called on Chairman Goodlatte to hold emergency hearings in order to investigate the circumstances of Attorney General Sessions’ firing and to ensure that Special Counsel Mueller’s investigation was free to continue unhindered and without interference from the White House.
A copy of the letter to Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker can be found here.
A copy of the letter to House Judiciary Chairman Bob Goodlatte can be found here.