Pelosi Statement on the Firing of Attorney General Jeff Sessions

Washington, D.C. – Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi issued this statement on the firing of Attorney General Jeff Sessions:

“Earlier today, President Trump bragged that he could destroy the Special Counsel investigation any time he wanted.  The President is now making good on that boast with the firing of Attorney General Sessions and the appointment of a partisan Acting Attorney General who has publicly advocated for the curtailment of the Russia investigation.  Acting Attorney General Whitaker must be recused from any involvement from the Russia investigation, and Deputy Attorney General Rosenstein should be allowed to continue to oversee the investigation, unhindered.

“There is bicameral legislation to protect Special Counsel Mueller and preserve the documents of the investigation, which has passed in a bipartisan manner in the Senate Judiciary Committee.  House Judiciary Committee Ranking Member Jerry Nadler, Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee and Congressman Steve Cohen, among others, have introduced an identical bill in the House.

“House Democrats asked the Speaker to accept language in the omnibus spending bill that would ensure that the Special Counsel could not be fired without cause, that he would be granted a three-judge appeal panel if fired, that he could only be removed by a Senate-confirmed Attorney General or the next most senior Senate-confirmed Justice Department official, and that all documents of the investigation must be preserved.  We renew that request and other protections to the Republican Leadership for the next appropriations bill this fall.

“The President’s threat of firing Mueller or Rosenstein is extremely dangerous and discouraging, and must be addressed with highest level of seriousness and purpose.  What is encouraging, though, is the public’s commitment to protecting the Constitution and their opposition to the President’s interference in the Special Counsel investigation.”

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