Truman Project Statement on the Firing of Attorney General Jeff Sessions

Washington, DC -- Following the firing of Attorney General Jeff Sessions, Truman Interim Executive Director Bishop Garrison issued the following statement:

“While Jeff Sessions was an atrocious Attorney General on issues of civil rights, immigration, and many other fronts, his recusal did safeguard Special Counsel Mueller’s investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election. Now, even with his firing, that work must continue.”

“Along with a broader coalition of organizations committed to the protection of the special counsel, Truman Project believes that Acting Attorney General Matt Whitaker is an unacceptable choice to oversee the special counsel’s investigation, at the bare minimum due to his publicly expressed hostility towards Special Counsel Mueller and his work.”

“Acting AG Whitaker cannot be allowed to control the ongoing investigation, and he must commit to stringent protections for the special counsel and his work. A failure by the Acting AG and the White House to make such a commitment will be interpreted as a hostile act against the notion of independent oversight, and the American people will respond accordingly.”