March 22, 2023

A top Democrat just vowed to probe Trump’s acting Attorney General for recusal refusal

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As the dual investigations by Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s team and by the federal prosecutors in the Southern District of New York close their pincer movement around President Trump, the president has become increasingly erratic and desperate, firing senior staff, making incomprehensible foreign policy decisions, lashing out at his perceived opposition in tweet storms of ever-increasing ferocity.

Trump’s moves to assert control over the Justice Department charged with investigating the 17 different open inquiries into potential criminal behavior by himself, his family and the organizations they run have caused serious concern that the public may never get to see the results of the Special Counsel’s exhaustive probe due to one of the very accusations that Mueller is looking into, obstruction of justice by the president.

Trump has fueled those concerns by firing Attorney General Jeff Sessions and replacing him with an acting AG, Matthew Whitaker, and a nominee for the permanent role, William Barr, who have both publicly criticized the Mueller investigation and expressed an expansive view of the ability of executive privilege to protect the president.

Congressman Adam Schiff (D-CA), the incoming chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, wants to allay any fears the public may have that the results of the Special Counsel’s detailed inquiry will be swept under the carpet by Trump’s newly appointed defenders.

Appearing this morning on CNN‘s State of the Union, Rep. Schiff promised that he would do anything in his power to compel the publication of Mueller’s findings.

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“I’m prepared to make sure we do everything possible so that the public has the advantage of as much of the information as it can,” Schiff said of his intentions once he obtains the subpoena power that accompanies the chairmanship of the committee.

“Now, there may be parts of the report that have to be redacted because they involved classified information or they involve grand jury material,” Schiff said, adding, “This case is just too important to keep from the American people what it’s really about.”

The primary worry that motivated Congressman Schiff’s vow of disclosure was the news on Friday that acting Attorney General Whitaker had been advised by Justice Department ethics officials to recuse himself from the Mueller probe — as Sessions had done earlier to the eternal consternation of the president — yet had refused to do so, cognizant of the fate of his former boss and predecessor.

“This is exactly what we feared about Whitaker’s appointment,” Schiff told CNN. “We are going to scrutinize every single action by Matt Whitaker to make sure that the public knows just what he does,” Schiff promised.
Luckily, Representative Schiff has been dogged in his pursuit of the truth behind all of the matters currently under multiple prosecutorial investigations of the president, his family, his campaign, his business dealings, and his attempts to thwart those probes. His promise to unveil the reality behind the leaks and rumors that have been circulating is worth believing, especially since he assumes the leadership of the Intelligence Committee in less than two weeks.

You can watch a segment of Congressman Adam Schiff’s appearance on CNN‘s State of the Union in the video clip below.

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Original reporting by Eli Watkins at CNN.

Vinnie Longobardo

is the Managing Editor of Washington Press and a 35-year veteran of the TV, mobile, & internet industries, specializing in start-ups and the international media business. His passions are politics, music, and art.

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