After the chaos that erupted following Trump’s appalling decision to fire FBI Director James Comey, Democrats on the House Judiciary Committee stepped forward to request (demand) that any and all materials relating to Comey’s firing and the FBI’s investigation into Trump’s collusion with Russia be saved and preserved to protect the integrity of the investigation into Russian interference with the 2016 election. And, they want to protect those files from one official in particular — Attorney General Jeff Sessions.
According to The Hill:
In light of today’s shocking decision by the President to fire FBI Director Comey, it is imperative that you take several immediate steps to protect the integrity of your investigations into Russian efforts to influence our recent election and related matters,” the Democrats wrote in a letter.
They asked that all materials related to “the Department’s and FBI’s criminal investigation into matters related to Russian interference in our federal elections; collusion with individuals associated with the Trump campaign; and associated matters” be saved and off limits to White House officials or associates.
The letter specifically named Attorney General Jeff Sessions as someone the documents should be protected from, citing his recusal from the Russia probe.
The committee also noted that the materials relating to Comey’s termination should be reviewed by Congress, but most importantly, they want to make sure that any of the alleged (it happened) interference into the FBI’s investigation by Trump and his staff should not be allowed to continue:
Our request is even more important given that a series of White House efforts to influence the investigation and the media coverage of it have made it clear that the Trump administration cannot be allowed to interfere any further in this investigation.
This includes White House efforts asking the FBI to ‘knock down’ White House-Russia stories earlier this year; separate efforts by the White House to leak information to Rep. Nunes so that he could seek to justify President Trump’s unfounded accusations that President Obama “tapped” his phones; as well as the President’s decision to fire Preet Bharara the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York, who had jurisdiction over investigations involving trump Tower, even after the President promised Mr. Bahara he could keep his job. Unfortunately, we are also concerned about the continued involvement of the Attorney General in these issues, including his role in firing Director Comey.
Because Sessions was one of the people who recommended that Trump should fire Comey, it makes this all the more important. He can’t be allowed to get his hands on ANY of this information and neither can Trump.
It’s time to be more vigilant than ever, and it’s good to know that there are still people in Washington looking out for our best interests. Reps. John Conyers, Jr. (D-Mich.), Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.), Zoe Lofgren (D-Calif.), Sheila Jackson Lee (D-Texas), Steve Cohen (D-Tenn.) and David Cicilline (D-R.I.) are the Representatives we should thank for writing the letters.
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