Elijah Cummings was asked on Sunday if there was any connection between the firing of a federal prosecutor and any investigations being conducted into Donald Trump. Cummings answered, “There very well may be.”
Elijah Cummings is a Democratic Congressman and the ranking member of the House Oversight Committee. On Sunday, Cummings appeared on ABC’s This Week with George Stephanopoulos. And he said there could be a connection between investigations into Donald Trump and the firing of Preet Bharara, a U.S. Attorney from New York.
Cummings conceded that Trump had the right to fire Bharara. But he pointed out how strange it seems after Trump personally asked Bharara to remain in his job in November.
It’s worth noting that Bharara had jurisdiction over New York. Which means he would be over any investigations into things going on in Trump Tower.
When Stephanopoulos asked Cummings about the firing, he said,
“I’m just curious as to why that is, and certainly there’s a lot of questions coming up as to whether … President Trump is concerned about the jurisdiction of this U.S. attorney and whether that might affect his future.”
“You look at everything surrounding the investigations — there are a lot of questions that need to be asked, but again, the president does have that prerogative.”
It’s also worth noting that according to The Washington Post, three days before he was fired, Bharara was asked by ethics watchdogs to look into whether or not Trump has violated the Emoluments Clause.
“I think that, again, what has been happening is that there is an air of distrust that has been brought on by President Trump himself.”
“So I think that in part, the president has created this situation for himself. But yeah, sure, no doubt about it, when they asked about the Emoluments Clause and possible violations of it and the U.S. attorney’s relationship to that, I think that had perhaps something to do with it.”
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