I was fired for doing my job. Congress should make sure Mueller isn’t dumped for the same reason.

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With Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ departure from the Department of Justice and President Donald Trump’s appointment of a political loyalist, Matthew Whitaker, as acting attorney general, it is time for the nation to recommit to the idea that the law applies equally to everyone.

Many Americans are rightfully concerned about the future integrity of special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into possible links between Trump’s presidential campaign and Russia’s effort to interfere in the 2016 presidential election. Whitaker, meanwhile, has been described as the West Wing’s “eyes and ears” inside the DOJ. He becomes Mueller’s supervisor and de facto gatekeeper to any specific lines of inquiry that involve the president, his finances or his close associates.

If you think there’s no risk of a political appointee like Whitaker interfering in the investigation for partisan political or personal reasons, think again. I know from experience what happens when politics interferes with how federal investigations are conducted.

Almost 12 years ago, eight of my colleagues and I were fired from our jobs as U.S. attorneys as part of an effort by senior officials in President George W. Bush’s administration to punish prosecutors for their decisions in politically sensitive cases.

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November 12, 2018 at 08:18AM

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