Ranking Member Nadler Statement on President Trump Firing Attorney General Jeff Sessions

Nov 7, 2018 Issues: Russia Investigation

Washington, D.C. – Today, Congressman Jerrold Nadler (D-NY), Ranking Member of the House Judiciary Committee, released the following statement in response to President Trump's firing of Attorney General Jeff Sessions: 

"The firing of Attorney General Jeff Sessions fits a clear pattern of interference from President Donald Trump in the work of the Department of Justice and the ongoing criminal investigation being conducted by Special Counsel Robert Mueller.  There is no mistaking what this means, and what is at stake: this is a constitutionally perilous moment for our country and for the President.  Donald Trump may think he has the power to hire and fire whomever he pleases, but he cannot take such action if it is determined that it is for the purposes of subverting the rule of law and obstructing justice.  If he abuses his office in such a fashion, then there will be consequences.  

"Under these conditions, it would be wholly inappropriate for Mr. Whitaker to supervise the Special Counsel investigation given his documented history of opposition to it.  The Deputy Attorney General, Rod Rosenstein, should continue to oversee the investigation unhindered, and no other changes to the supervisory structure of the investigation should be made.  We are immediately issuing multiple letters to key officials demanding that they preserve all relevant documents related to this action to make sure that the investigation and any evidence remains safe from improper interference or destruction.

"The American people understand that no person is above the law and have demanded accountability from their government.  The firing of Jeff Sessions will be investigated and people will be held accountable.   This must begin immediately, and if not, then a Democratic Congress will make this a priority in January."

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