Wednesday, 16 Jan 2019
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Judiciary of the House, Democrats want answers from the administration before taking power


Representatives Jerrold Nadler (DN.Y.) and Judy Chu (D-Calif.) Hold a press conference to ask the Department of Justice to investigate donations from the Trump Foundation to the Attorney General of Florida, Pam Bondi, Washington, DC, September 14, 2016. (Gary Cameron / Reuters)

The highest judicial committee of the Democratic Party in the House has attempted to kick off the control authority that it will exercise when it inherits the hammer. next year, informing officials of the FBI and the Justice Department that he expects that they will fully respond to pending requests from the government. Democrats before they assume the majority.

Representative Jerrold Nadler (DN.Y.) has refrained from issuing a threat, subpoena or otherwise, by requiring acting Attorney General Matthew G. Whitaker and the Director of the FBI , Christopher A. Wray, are responding by the end of the year to the committee 's Democrats who have written to request documents and other information. But the letter serves as a reminder that the Democratic Committee plan to appear in January – and gives an index of points on which they will focus their attention.

The motions concern the disqualification of former Attorney General Jeff Sessions by the inquiry of the special advocate Robert S. Mueller III, as well as the inconsistencies in his testimony before the Congress; the circumstances surrounding the publication of a memo written by the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, Devin Nunes (R-Calif.), alleging that the FBI had improperly sought to exercise surveillance over the Trump's former campaign advisor, Carter Page, and the Whitaker Justice Chief of Ethics should also recuse himself from the Mueller probe.

This is one example among more than 100 letters that the committee 's Democrats have written to the Trump government over the last two years, wrote Nadler to Whitaker and Wray, stating that "to date, we have not been able to do so. have received no concrete response to these communications. "

Nadler spoke of "the growing concern" aroused by Trump's attacks on the integrity of the Department of Justice – the concern that the latter would include the appointment of Whitaker in place of Sessions. Nadler did not hide his skepticism that Whitaker will oversee Mueller's investigation without relying on Trump, given his earlier statements advocating that the investigation be restricted or postponed .

But in the letter, he avoided speaking abruptly to Whitaker, drawing his attention to Trump's actions to threaten the Mueller probe – which the president frequently calls "witch hunt".

"The Judiciary Committee of the House has an obligation to review these actions and to assess their impact on both the functioning of the Ministry and the fair administration of justice," he said. Nadler writes, pointing out that a "complete answer" to their letters would be needed for such a situation. investigation. He urged Whitaker and Wray to "work with me and the other members" to remedy the "backlog" of pending applications by December 31st.

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