Former federal prosecutors running for House seats as Dems

Former federal prosecutors running for House seats as Dems
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A number of former federal prosecutors have decided to campaign this year for House seats as Democrats.

The Wall Street Journal reported that five former federal prosecutors are planning to run this year.

In 2016, according to the Journal, no former federal prosecutors ran.

Chris Hunter — one of the five running — chose to leave his job as a federal prosecutor over concerns about what was going on at the Justice Department, according to the newspaper.

He cited the firing of former FBI Director James ComeyJames Brien ComeyTrump vows to get rid of 'stench' at DOJ, FBI House Judiciary on NY Times article: I intend to subpoena 'McCabe Memos' Hillicon Valley: NYT says Rosenstein wanted to wear wire on Trump | Twitter bug shared some private messages | Vendor put remote-access software on voting machines | Paypal cuts ties with Infowars | Google warned senators about foreign hacks MORE and President TrumpDonald John TrumpHannity urges Trump not to fire 'anybody' after Rosenstein report Ben Carson appears to tie allegation against Kavanaugh to socialist plot Five takeaways from Cruz, O'Rourke's fiery first debate MORE's attacks on Attorney General Jeff SessionsJefferson (Jeff) Beauregard SessionsTrump vows to get rid of 'stench' at DOJ, FBI NY Times, McCabe give Trump perfect cover to fire Rosenstein, Sessions House Judiciary on NY Times article: I intend to subpoena 'McCabe Memos' MORE among the reasons he left his job.

“If Jeb Bush had been the [presidential] nominee and won, no way would I have run,” Hunter, who is running in Florida’s 12th Congressional District, said. 

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A candidate in Virginia, Paul Pelletier, attacked incumbent Rep. Barbara ComstockBarbara Jean ComstockMillionaires group endorses Dem House candidates opposed to GOP tax law Election Countdown: Trump confident about midterms in Hill.TV interview | Kavanaugh controversy tests candidates | Sanders, Warren ponder if both can run | Super PACs spending big | Two states open general election voting Friday | Latest Senate polls Overnight Energy: Watchdog to investigate EPA over Hurricane Harvey | Panel asks GAO to expand probe into sexual harassment in science | States sue over methane rules rollback MORE (R-Va.) for sitting "silently each and every day as the president and this Republican Congress denigrate and impugn the integrity of federal law enforcement, the same man and women who protect us every single day."

A spokesman for Comstock told the Journal that she has "been a strong advocate for her former colleagues at Justice and the FBI."

Rep. Trey GowdyHarold (Trey) Watson GowdyGowdy requests FEMA administrator’s travel records amid allegations Nunes: Russia probe documents should be released before election Gowdy: House Intel panel should release all transcripts from Russia probe MORE (R-S.C.) — a former prosecutor — said he doesn't think there is any larger meaning in the number of former federal prosecutors running.

“Voters on both sides of the aisle respect prosecutors and law-enforcement officers—they just do,” he told the Journal.

The Journal has identified no former prosecutors or FBI agents running as Republicans this year.

Trump has in the past gone after the FBI and the Justice Department. Earlier this month, he approved the release of a GOP memo alleging surveillance abuses at the Justice Department.

He had seized on the memo as evidence of bias in the top ranks of the intelligence community. After its release, Trump said the Republican-crafted document "totally vindicates" him in the special counsel probe into Russia's election interference and possible ties between his campaign and Russia.