In Letter to Rep. Nadler, Gutiérrez Says Be Prepared To React Immediately If Trump Fires Mueller Over Christmas
Washington, DC – Rep. Luis V. Gutiérrez (D-IL) delivered a letter to Ranking Member Jerrold Nadler (D-NY), the newly-elected Ranking Democrat on the House Judiciary Committee, to be prepared to call the Committee back to Washington for immediate investigation and possible impeachment proceedings if the President fires Special Counsel Robert Mueller over the Christmas recess. The letter congratulates Rep. Nadler on his new position and expresses Rep. Gutiérrez’s concern that the President may use the absence of the Congress in Washington over the holidays to obstruct justice in matters related to Mueller’s investigation into Trump family, Trump campaign, and Trump White House ties to Russian meddling in U.S. elections. In his letter (pdf here: 122117 Letter to Nadler re Mueller FINAL.pdf ), Rep. Gutiérrez writes:
Before we leave for Christmas, I want to be very clear that as the Ranking Member, you should be prepared to call the Committee back to Washington if and when this President attempts to undermine Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation by removing the Special Counsel from his post during this holiday season. Every Democrat on the Judiciary Committee should be ready to launch an immediate investigation into obstruction of justice if the President takes this action over the holidays and be prepared to fight to impeach him.
Congressman Gutiérrez concludes:
While Christmas is my most cherished holiday, we must be prepared to put the nation ahead of this sacred celebration and our own families. I hope we are not called back to Washington, but we have learned that anything is possible with this President and we will have to be ready to act swiftly.
Rep. Gutiérrez even included his personal cell phone number in the letter so that Rep. Nadler could reach him over the holidays.
Rep. Luis V. Gutiérrez is a Member of the Judiciary Committee and the Chair of the Immigration Task Force of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus.
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