‘We’ll Go Public’: Democrats Drop First Hint On How They Will Handle Mueller Investigation
After winning majority control of the House of Representatives, Democrats are already making moves to ensure that Special Counsel Robert Mueller can see his investigation into Donald Trump all the way through to completion and want to make Mueller’s findings public.
According to Politico, Democrats are already preparing an emergency scenario in case Trump tries to purge the Department of Justice and shut down the Russia probe.
Robert Mueller and his team have gone silent in the weeks ahead of the midterm election, which handed subpoena power to House Democrats — who are ready to protect the investigation from the president’s interference.
Nancy Pelosi, who’s likely to return to her post as House Speaker, has pledged to make sure Mueller’s “documentation is preserved,” and senior Democratic officials say the special counsel would immediately be summoned to Capitol Hill for nationally televised testimony about his findings if he’s removed.
“I think you could expect Democrats to take pieces of what they shut down and expose it publicly,” said one high-ranking Democratic policy adviser. “This is a report paid for with taxpayer dollars. So taxpayers would have a right to know what Mr. Mueller found.”
This is a crucial declaration because Donald Trump could try to fire Jeff Sessions, Rod Rosenstein, and/or Robert Mueller during the transition period. Jerry Nadler (D-NY) is making clear that if Trump does try anything, he’ll end up quickly regretting it once the Democrats officially take control of the House in early January.
Nadler made clear to MSNBC that if Trump tries to replace Sessions with anyone “suspicious,” there will be hell to pay.