House Democrats are suggesting that Attorney General Jeff Sessions could be removed from office for the role he played in President Donald Trump’s firing of FBI Director James Comey.
The suggestion, made in a letter released Thursday by two senior Democrats and signed by 32 others, is directed to Department of Justice Inspector General Michael Horowitz, who investigates misconduct. The letter asks Horowitz to consider “whether Attorney General Jeff Sessions violated his recusal from matters relating to the presidential campaigns in 2016 when he participated in President Trump’s decision to fire FBI Director James Comey.”
The letter notes an intent to “make clear that our request is separate and apart from Special Counsel [Robert] Mueller’s investigation which concerns only whether any criminal acts occurred.”
They instead are focused on “the protocols governing recusals” at the department. The letter states that, “According to this law, the administrative penalty for any Department official who violates such a recusal could be termination.”
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