House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi on Thursday scheduled an emergency conference call with her caucus to discuss President Donald Trump’s firing of Attorney General Jeff Sessions, underscoring Democrats’ concern with a move that will likely consume their attention when they take power in January.
Pelosi has invited the incoming chairmen of investigatory committees to present to Democratic incumbents as well as newly-elected candidates on Thursday afternoon. It’s an effort to get everyone on the same page and lay out what lawmakers know and don’t know, according to a source familiar with the plans for the phone call.
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The session will come just hours after House Democrats implored their GOP counterparts to hold an emergency hearing on Sessions’ ouster and his replacement with Matthew Whitaker, a Trump loyalist.
Whitaker, who once likened special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation to a “lynch mob” and has proposed ways to undercut it, will now oversee the probe.
House Democrats immediately called for Whitaker to recuse himself, something the Washington Post reported he would not do.
Incoming House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler, Oversight Committee Chairman Elijah Cummings, House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff and House Homeland Security Committee Chairman Bennie Thompson will brief members on the call.