Pelosi Calls on Justice Department to Stop Trump White House from Obstructing Special Counsel Mueller’s Investigation, Announces Plans to Introduce Measure Demanding Waiver

Washington, D.C. – House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi issued this statement following a news report that the White House may use ethics rules to try to avoid the full scrutiny of the Trump-Russia federal investigation led by Special Counsel Robert Mueller:

“News reports indicate that the Trump White House is seeking to use the Code of Federal Regulations to undermine Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation, impugn his credibility and limit the scope of the probe.

“House Democrats call upon Deputy Attorney General Rosenstein to fend off attempts to thwart the federal investigation and issue the appropriate waiver now.  He should do so today.

“Next week, House Democrats will introduce legislation making clear that Director Mueller’s independence is without question and calling upon the Department of Justice to issue the appropriate waiver immediately.

“These ethics rules were designed to prevent conflicts of interest, not to allow the White House or the President to avoid the full scrutiny of a special counsel or to impugn the credibility of a distinguished public servant.”