Opponents of the Justice Department’s “illegal” investigation into former President Donald Trump’s tenure, including his move to seize Democratic communications files in Congress, voted Sunday (13/6). Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Sumer.
These investigations will be carried out in parallel with a study by the internal investigation service of the same ministry for the delivery, by summons, of the telephone records of MPs Adam Siff and Eric Soulwell, in the context of an investigation into the leak of classified information.
The Ministry of Justice under former ministers William Barr and Jeff Sessions was often accused of promoting Trump’s personal interests and policies.
«The Justice Department was legal under President Trump, understand that, in so many dimensions. This is another indication of their illegal activitySaid Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on CNN’s State of the Union.
The leader of the Democrats in the Senate, Chuck Sumer, supported, as broadcast by the Athens News Agency, referring to the summoning of Bar and Sessions by the American media.
«This was nothing less than a blatant abuse of power, an attack on the separation of powers.“Sumer said during a press conference in New York. “They have to testify. “Sessions and Barr must testify under oath as part of a formal congressional inquiry.”
A White House official on Friday criticized the Trump administration for its actions, calling them “shocking.”
During a press conference at the G7 summit in Britain, President Joe Biden appears to have left open the possibility of this.
“Trump abused power, the Justice Department under Trump was out of control. Now we have to clarify the situation. “ according to what was written on the card with the points of his speech held by the American president, as recorded by a camera of an American television network.
“I made it clear that this Department of Justice would reflect my values, my principles and my priorities, not Donald Trump’s,” Biden said.
The US president was not asked about the investigations during the press conference.
For her part, Nancy Pelosi said that the investigation by the Inspector General of the Ministry Michael Horovic will be important, but will not replace a congressional inquiry.
She also noted that it would be “unbelievable” for Bar or Sessions to say that they knew nothing about what was happening.
Barr told Politico on Friday that he did not recall being summoned by any member of Congress to hand over telephone records.
Pelosi sidestepped a question about whether former ministers could be summoned to testify, saying she hoped they would appear voluntarily.