Schumer: 'The Rules Give Jeff Sessions No Choice But to Recuse Himself'
Schumer: 'The Rules Give Jeff Sessions No Choice But to Recuse Himself'
16 February, 2017, 01:22
Schumer and other Democrats spoke to reporters as Trump criticized the intelligence agencies that he oversees and the media for what he described as unfair treatment of his former national security adviser, Michael Flynn, and for "illegally leaked" information about reported contacts between his campaign aides and Russian officials.
"I believe that Attorney General Sessions has no choice but to recuse himself, and then he should and must put an independent investigative authority in charge", Schumer said.
President Trump asked for Flynn's resignation amid growing questions about Flynn's talks with Russia's ambassador about sanctions. What was the extent of his conversations and contacts withRussiaa? And any attempt to lie or mislead must be countered with the full force of the law. Yates said that Flynn was vulnerable to Russian blackmail due to media reports claiming the retired lieutenant general gave Kislyak the impression that the incoming Trump team might be amenable to lifting economic sanctions that were imposed on Russia by the USA and the European Union following Moscow's 2014 annexation of the Crimea from neighboring Ukraine. Later that day, the New York Times reported that intercepted phone calls revealed that Trump's associates and campaign staffers had repeatedly communicated with senior Russian intelligence officials in 2016. "The president was very concerned that General Flynn had misled the vice president and others".
"I think there are a number of unanswered questions that need to be answered about the documents about whether there was a FISA order". "What I'm trying to do is separate the things that are easy political hits from the substance that we need to deal with. Every one of these questions should be applied to all them as well". "There are lots of things that I assure you the intelligence committee members will be looking at and I think we'll be talking about later today and later this week", he said. If an investigation is not independent, non-partisan, and most of all transparent, there is no guarantee this administration will take the decisive and immediate actions necessary to keep our country safe.
The Justice Department's rule on the matter is brief: "No DOJ employee may participate in a criminal investigation or prosecution if he has a personal or political relationship with any person or organization substantially involved in the conduct that is the subject of the investigation or prosecution, or who would be directly affected by the outcome".
Jeff Sessions was chairman of the National Security Advisory Committee alongside General Michael Flynn.
"The rules give Jeff Sessions no choice but to recuse himself", Schumer said.
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