ACTION ITEM for Wednesday April 11, 2018
On April 10th, CNN reported that Trump cancelled his trip to the Summit of the Americas in Peru in part to plan a staffing shake-up at the Department of Justice, most notably the firing of Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein. Rosenstein is the Department of Justice official who oversees Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation of the Trump campaign’s role in Russian electoral interference. While normally the Attorney General is responsible for overseeing (and firing) a Special Counsel, AG Jeff Sessions recused himself from the Russia investigation because of his role in Trump’s 2016 campaign.

The firing of Deputy AG Rosenstein would be direct retaliation against the FBI’s investigation of Trump lawyer Michael Cohen as well as Mueller’s continued investigation into Russian election interference which Trump has sought to shut down. On April 10th, the New York Times also reported that Trump considered firing Mueller in June and December of 2017, only to be talked out of it. Firing either Rosenstein or Mueller would be a clear attempt to obstruct justice and a potentially impeachable offense. Congress must immediately respond to these reports by condemning the potential politically motivated firing of Rod Rosenstein in addition to passing legislation to protect Mueller’s investigation.

Call this office:Ryan A. Costello R-PA 202-225-4315
Call this office:Robert P. Casey Jr. D-PA 202-224-6324

posted by Phil Dague