President Trump's recent expressions of his lack of confidence in Attorney General Jeff Sessions are further evidence of the White House's disregard for the independence of the Justice Department.
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Jared Kushner has released a written statement in advance of his testimony in closed session before the Senate Intelligence Committee today and the House Intelligence Committee tomorrow. The statement is available on CNN and is included in full below.
Bolding below included as submitted in statement
STATEMENT OF JARED C. KUSHNER TO CONGRESSIONAL COMMITTEES
July 24, 2017
The president has just put Robert Mueller on notice of what he has likely long suspected: Mueller may not have much time to complete his investigation.
If Preisdent Trump were to remove Robert Mueller as special counsel, this would be a grave breach of constitutional norms. But constitutional crisis would set in only if congressional Republicans failed to hold the president to account.
If this suit eventually survives a motion to dismiss, it will immediately become a gold mine for journalists and investigators and present an intense set of headaches for the Trump forces both inside and outside of government. Think Paula Jones—only about everything.
The Russia-Trump campaign relationship—and how Mr. Trump situates it within “standard” political practice—is exceptionally illuminating on the question of his ethical posture.
The president’s power to remove the director serves as an important check on abuse of power.
Following President Trump's detonation of the checks and balances that previously maintained law enforcement independence, it is worth revisiting post-Watergate congressional proposals to give greater independence to the FBI.
The results of a quick Google Surveys poll on whom the public believes is telling the truth about their interactions, President Trump or former FBI Director James Comey, show a remarkable degree of public confusion and uncertainty as to what or whom to believe