Senate Dems Getting Ready To Drop The Hammer On Trump And Whitaker
On Tuesday, Senate Democrats went to the Justice Department and demanded that they hand over details on any conflicts of interest Donald Trump’s new Attorney General Matthew Whitaker might have.
The Democrats sent a letter to the DOJ which focuses on more than $1.2 million in compensation Whitaker received as executive director of an organization that has sued Democratic lawmakers several times in the past.
The letter also urged the DOJ to hand over details on Assistant Attorney General Brian Benczkowski’s history working on behalf of a Russian bank.
In the letter –which was signed by: Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.), Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.), Chris Coons (D-Del.), Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), Mazie Hirono (D-Hawaii), Cory Booker (D-N.J.) and Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) – the Democratic Senators raised ethical concerns over those ties, particularly regarding special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election.
The senators said previous DOJ responses to requests for information on the officials were heavily redacted.
“Some of these are renewed requests because DOJ has either failed to respond or has provided incomplete responses to prior requests from Congress,” the letter read. “To maintain the public’s trust in an impartial DOJ, we urge you to provide prompt, complete, and public responses to the issues we raise.”
The entire letter can be read HERE.