05.17.17

Leahy Opposes Associate Attorney General Nomination And Reiterates Call For Independent Investigation

. . . ‘Each minute that a special counsel has not been appointed deteriorates the integrity of the investigation and the Justice Department’

With a cascading series of events over the past week bringing the country to the brink of a constitutional crisis, Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) took to the Senate Floor Wednesday to oppose the nomination of Rachel Brand to be the Associate Attorney General and to again demand a special counsel and an independent investigation into the potential Russian interference in the 2016 election.

Leahy said:  “Every day seems to bring new, disturbing revelations involving this President and his administration...”.  “At this critical time, it is not acceptable to remain on the sidelines.  We have a constitutional requirement to act as a check and balance on the conduct of the President.”

U.S. intelligence agencies have unanimously concluded that Russia interfered in the 2016 election to “undermine public faith in the U.S. democratic process” and to help President Trump win the election.  Revelations over the past week have made an independent investigation even more important.  On the Senate Floor, Leahy cited the relevant federal regulation, which requires the appointment of a special counsel in this situation.  Leahy, a leading member of the Senate Judiciary Committee and the Vice Chair of the Senate Appropriations Committee, has pressed the Senate and administration officials to fulfill their constitutional duties.

You can read Leahy’s full statement here: https://www.leahy.senate.gov/press/statement-of-senator-patrick-leahy-d-vt-on-the-need-for-a-special-counsel

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