Two top House Democrats on Wednesday threatened investigations in the immediate wake of Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ ouster.
Democrat Rep. Jerry Nadler, D-N.Y. — expected to become the House Judiciary Committee chairman in the new Democratic majority House — was quick to demand answers about the firing.
“Why is the President making this change and who has authority over Special Counsel Mueller’s investigation?” he asked in a tweet. “We will be holding people accountable.”
In April, Nadler and other Democrats introduced the Special Counsel Independence and Integrity Protection Act, a bill to protect Special Counsel Robert Mueller from getting fired, Axios noted. The measure advanced to the Senate, but Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky,, said he wouldn't bring it to the floor for a vote.
Also, Rep. Elijah Cummings, the Maryland Democrat expected to lead the House Oversight committee, issued a statement taking aim at the firing, saying Congress should investigate.
“Congress must now investigate the real reason for his termination, confirm that Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker is recused from all aspects often Special Counsel’s probe, and ensure that the Depatment of Justice safeguards the integrity of the Mueller investigation,” he wrote.