Washington, DC, Nov. 7, 2018 – Today, Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA), Ranking
Member of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence,
released the following statement:
“The firing of Attorney General Jeff Sessions
places the Special Counsel’s investigation in new and immediate
peril. It is abundantly clear that Sessions was forced out for
following the advice of ethics lawyers at the Department of
Justice and recusing himself from the Russia probe, and for
failing to bring about an end to an investigation that has
produced multiple indictments and convictions and may implicate
the President or others around him.
“Matthew Whitaker, who the President
announced will serve as Acting Attorney General, has been
publicly critical of Special Counsel Mueller and has argued,
without legal basis, that the Special Counsel is prohibited from
investigating the President’s finances even if they are relevant
to the Russia probe. In fact, this may be precisely why the
President has chosen to put Whitaker in this role.
“It is imperative that Mueller be allowed to continue his work without political interference, including any investigation into whether the Russians possess leverage of any kind over the President of the United States. DOJ officials with conflicts must recuse themselves from oversight of the Special Counsel’s investigation, as well as any other investigation concerning the President, and whoever succeeds the Deputy Attorney General in overseeing the investigation must pledge that they will allow the Mueller’s investigation to proceed unimpeded. Anyone who refuses to do so in the most unequivocal terms should be rejected.