Sending Office: Committee on the Judiciary – Minority Staff
Sent By:
James.Park@mail.house.gov

        Request for Cosponsor(s)

Dear Colleague:

 

Please join us in being an original cosponsor of the “Special Counsel Independence and Integrity Act,” which we plan to re-introduce at the beginning of the 116th Congress.  This critical legislation is needed to protect Special Counsel Robert
Mueller’s ongoing investigation, an investigation that President Donald Trump has repeatedly sought to undermine or end.  Specifically, the bill codifies an existing Department of Justice regulation providing that a special counsel may be removed only for
misconduct, dereliction of duty, incapacity, conflict of interest, or other good cause.  It also requires written notice to a special counsel outlining the reasons for removal and provides a procedure that allows a special counsel to challenge his or her removal
in court.

 

This bipartisan legislation, introduced as H.R. 5476, has 132 cosponsors this Congress.  Moreover, it is identical to H.R. 5505, a bill sponsored by Rep. Leonard Lance that has 10 cosponsors, 5 of whom are Republicans.  The Senate counterpart to this bill,
S. 2644, was introduced by Senators Lindsey Graham, Cory Booker, Christopher Coons, and Thom Tillis, and was ordered favorably reported by the Senate Judiciary Committee on April 26, 2018 by a vote of 14 to 7.

 

The need for this legislation is not hypothetical.  News reports indicate that President Trump attempted more than once to fire Mr. Mueller.  For example,
The New York Times reported that President Trump wanted to fire Mr. Mueller in December 2017 when he became “furious over news reports about a new round of subpoenas” from the Special Counsel’s office to Deutsche Bank, which President Trump
erroneously believed sought information about his business dealings.  President Trump had previously ordered Mr. Mueller to be fired in June 2017 and relented only when his then-White House Counsel, Donald McGahn, threatened to resign rather than carry out
the order.  These reports are even more alarming in light of President Trump’s decision to fire Attorney General Jeff Sessions, whose recusal from the Russia investigation allowed for Mr. Mueller’s appointment and for the supervision of the investigation by
Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein.  With Mr. Session’s removal, a new Attorney General may seek to end or rein in the Special Counsel’s investigation.  In short, President Trump has initiated a series of events that could lead to the premature termination
or substantial curtailment of the Special Counsel investigation.

 

In addition, President Trump has attacked Special Counsel Mueller’s investigation and Mr. Mueller himself.  He has repeatedly referred to the investigation as the “Mueller Witch Hunt” or called it a “hoax,” “rigged,” and a “scam” in numerous tweets.  Most
recently,

 

  • on December 3, he tweeted that “Bob Mueller (who is a much different man than people think) and his out of control band of Angry Democrats, don’t want the truth, they only want lies. The truth is very bad for their mission!”;
  • on November 28, he tweeted, “While the disgusting Fake News is doing everything within their power not to report it that way, at least 3 major players are intimating that the Angry Mueller Gang of Dems is viciously telling witnesses to lie about facts &
    they will get relief. This is our Joseph McCarthy Era!”;
  • on November 15, he tweeted that “Universities will someday study what highly conflicted (and NOT Senate approved) Bob Mueller and his gang of Democrat thugs have done to destroy people.”;  and
  • on September 16, he tweeted that “The illegal Mueller Witch Hunt continues in search of a crime. There was never Collusion with Russia, except by the Clinton campaign, so the 17 Angry Democrats are looking at anything they can find. Very unfair and BAD
    for the country. ALSO, not allowed under the LAW!”

 

President Trump’s ongoing attacks against Special Counsel Mueller’s investigation demonstrates the urgent need for Congress to pass the Special Counsel Independence and Integrity Act.  As Members of Congress, we must fulfill our duty to protect the rule
of law.  To add your name as a cosponsor, please contact William Emmons at
william.emmons@mail.house.gov
by the close of business on Thursday, December 20.

 

Sincerely,

 

 

 

Jerrold Nadler

Ranking Member

Committee on the Judiciary

 

 

 

 

Sheila Jackson Lee

Ranking Member

Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, Homeland Security, and Investigations

 

 

 

 

Steve Cohen

Ranking Member

Subcommittee on the Constitution and Civil Justice

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