Center for American Progress

STATEMENT: Neera Tanden on the Firing of Jeff Sessions
Press Statement

STATEMENT: Neera Tanden on the Firing of Jeff Sessions

Washington, D.C. — Following the announcement that President Donald Trump requested the resignation of Attorney General Jeff Sessions, Neera Tanden, president and CEO of the Center for American Progress, issued the following statement:

President Trump forcing Attorney General Jeff Sessions out and replacing him with an avowed partisan opponent of the special counsel investigation is a brazen attack on the rule of law and requires immediate action to ensure the integrity of the investigation. Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker cannot be trusted to oversee this investigation. He should immediately issue a public order that guarantees complete and total independence to the special counsel, an action with precedent during Watergate. The new House majority should make clear that the era of unchecked corruption in the Trump administration will soon end, and that any Justice Department or White House official involved in criminal cover-ups will be facing accountability in hearings beginning in January.

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