Sending Office: Honorable Sheila Jackson Lee
Sent By:
Robin.Chand@mail.house.gov

        Request for Cosponsor(s)

April 3, 2018

 

Dear Colleague:

           

As one of the 139 cosponsors of H.R. 3654, the Special Counsel Independence Protection Act, I invite you to join me on the attached letter to Leader Pelosi and Whip Hoyer requesting that the full membership of the House of Representatives consider H.R. 3654
as a discharge petition, pursuant to clause 2, rule XV of the House Rules, and that all appropriate action be taken by the Democratic Caucus to bring the bill to the floor.  I also ask that, after final votes on Tuesday, April 10, 2018, you sign the discharge
petition for H.R. 3654, which I filed on March 23, 2018. 

 

The reasons to protect the Special Counsel are manifest.  Daily we learn about new and troubling details about Russian interference into the 2016 election and the extent to which associates of the Trump Campaign aided and abetted efforts to compromise the
election.  H.R. 3654 is bicameral, proactive legislation, crafted so as to require judicial ratification of any decision to terminate the special counsel.  Specifically, the “Special Counsel Independence Protection Act” would insulate the Special
Counsel from interference and arbitrary action of the President by requiring that a Special Counsel may be removed only upon the following conditions:

  1. The attorney general files an action in federal district court in Washington, D.C., and files a contemporaneous action with the House Judiciary Committee and the Senate Judiciary Committee; and
  1. A panel of three federal judges sitting in Washington, D.C., finds removal appropriate based on a finding of misconduct, dereliction of duty, incapacity, conflict of interest or other good cause. 

To sign on to this letter, please contact Robin Chand,
robin.chand@mail.house.gov
, or Glenn Rushing,
glenn.rushing@mail.house.gov
.  Thank you for your attention to this letter.

 

Very truly yours,

 

 

 

 

Sheila Jackson Lee

Member of Congress

 

 

 

March 28, 2018

 

 

The Hon. Nancy Pelosi

Democratic Leader

H-204 The Capitol

U.S. House of Representatives

Washington, D.C.20515

                                               

 

The Hon. Steny Hoyer

Democratic Whip

H-148 The Capitol

U.S. House of Representatives

Washington, D.C.20515

 

Dear Leader Pelosi and Whip Hoyer:

           

Because of the urgent necessity of protecting the integrity and independence of the Special Counsel’s Russia investigation, we are writing to urge your strong support for the discharge petition filed by Judiciary Crime Subcommittee Ranking Member Sheila
Jackson Lee to bring H.R. 3654, the “Special Counsel Independence Protection Act,” (SCIPA) to the floor for debate and vote by the full House.

 

Last month, the Republican-controlled House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence released the controversial and infamous “Nunes Memo,” the latest ploy in the ongoing campaign by the President and his supporters in the Congress and the media to scuttle
or undermine the investigation of Special Counsel Robert Mueller into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election and the involvement or collusion, if any, of Trump Campaign operatives in those efforts.

 

H.R. 3654, which was introduced on August 15, 2017 and as of this writing is co-sponsored by 135 Members, insulates the Special Counsel and the integrity of the investigation from the whims of this President by requiring that the Special Counsel may be removed
only where the following conditions are met:

 

  1. The attorney general files an action in federal district court in Washington, D.C., and files a contemporaneous action with the House Judiciary Committee and the Senate Judiciary Committee; and

 

  1. A panel of three federal judges sitting in Washington, D.C., finds removal appropriate based on a finding of misconduct, dereliction of duty, incapacity, conflict of interest or other good cause. 

 

Bipartisan companion legislation has already been introduced in the Senate as S.1735 by Senators Lindsay Graham (R-SC) and Corey Booker (D-NJ). Although other legislative proposals have been introduced none has the broad level of support enjoyed by H.R.
3654, which has the singular advantage of placing the burden on the Attorney General of producing the evidence and persuading a three-judge federal district court panel that grounds exists to remove the Special Counsel for misconduct, dereliction
of duty, incapacity, conflict of interest, or other good cause. This means that should the President or his Attorney General move to replace the Special Counsel, the status quo will be maintained and the investigation will continue unless and until the federal
judiciary sanctions the removal of the Special Counsel.

 

Recent media reports suggest that Special Counsel Mueller has subpoenaed documents and financial records from Deutsche Bank, a financial institution with longstanding ties to the Trump Organization and the Trump Family. Deutsche Bank has a long history of
laundering money for Russian oligarchs. In July 2017, in an interview with the New York Times, the President indicated that if Mr. Mueller’s investigation examined Mr. Trump’s personal finances, or that of his business, and if such an examination was unrelated
to Russia, that this would constitute a “violation” of Mr. Mueller’s mandate.

 

After Lt. Gen. Flynn pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI, the President responded on Twitter stating in part, “I had to fire General Flynn because he lied to the Vice President and the FBI.  He has pled guilty to those lies.  It is a shame because his actions
during the transition were lawful.  There was nothing to hide.” This prompted widespread speculation that the President committed obstruction of justice in asking former Director James Comey to drop the FBI’s investigation into Lt. Gen. Flynn and raised concerns
that the President may move to fire Special Counsel Mueller. After the President tweeted, his personal lawyer advanced the long discredited claim that the President of the United States is constitutionally incapable of obstructing justice.

 

For over a year, the country has watched as the President has aided and abetted in the erosion of public confidence in our nation’s law enforcement institutions. Worse still, he has done this all to protect himself and his family. While the full breadth
and depth of any presidential wrongdoing may not be revealed for some time, two things are known: first, over many instances during the last year, the President has used the levers of his office to subvert a credible investigation into his possible misconduct,
including firing the FBI director, and attempting to fire the Special Cunsel tasked to take over the investigation after Mr. Comey was relieved of duty.  And, second, the need to protect the investigation has never been more important so that the country can
learn exactly what transpired in the 2016 election and the days, weeks and months that followed and hold those responsible accountable.

 

In light of fast-moving events, the need for the House to act expeditiously on H.R. 3654, the “Special Counsel Independence Protection Act,” via
discharge petition  is more urgent than ever.

 

Thank you for you for your consideration of this request. Please contact Congresswoman Jackson Lee at (202) 225-3816 if you have any questions or need additional information.

 

Sincerely,

 

Sheila Jackson Lee

Member of Congress

Related Legislative Issues

Selected legislative information: Civil Rights, Economy, Elections, Ethics and Standards, Government, Homeland Security, Judiciary, Rules/Legislative Branch

Related Bill Information

Bill Type: H.R.
Bill Type: 3654
Special Note: Protect the Independence of the Special Counsel

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