October 19, 2017

Feinstein: Trump Should Not Interview U.S. Attorney Candidates

Washington—Senate Judiciary Committee Ranking Member Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) today released the following statement after Attorney General Sessions appeared to acknowledge that President Trump has personally interviewed U.S. attorney candidates: 

“The U.S. attorney for the Eastern and Southern Districts of New York—like the U.S. attorney for Washington D.C.—would have jurisdiction over many important cases, including those involving President Trump’s personal and family business interests.

“There’s no reason for President Trump to be meeting with candidates for these positions, which create the appearance that he may be trying to influence or elicit inappropriate commitments from potential U.S. attorneys. U.S. attorneys must be loyal to the Constitution—not the president.”

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