Castro Statement on Firing of Attorney General Jeff Sessions
WASHINGTON—Congressman Joaquin Castro (TX-20), a member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee and House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, and First Vice Chair of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, today made the following statement:
“We must have answers immediately into why Attorney General Jeff Sessions resigned today and whether or not there has been any nefarious dealings that would qualify as obstruction of justice by the President. There has never been such a contentious relationship between the President of the United States and the Department of Justice, and today’s news raises the question of what the President did behind the scenes to force his resignation, how Matthew Whitaker’s oversight of Special Counsel Mueller’s investigation into Russia’s meddling in our 2016 elections will jeopardize any findings, and any other changes at the Justice Department that might affect Mueller’s probe.
“Given Whitaker’s previous statements on Mueller investigating the President’s finances and advocating for less funding, I have serious concerns and believe this investigation is in immediate jeopardy. Congress has a duty to protect Mueller and relentlessly defend our nation’s democracy at all costs. This is the type of oversight and accountability the incoming Democratic Majority will assert."
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