House Dems hold emergency conference call on Sessions ouster

House Dems hold emergency conference call on Sessions ouster
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House Democrats will hold an emergency conference call on Thursday to discuss President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump nominates Jeffrey Rosen to replace Rosenstein at DOJ McCabe says ‘it’s possible’ Trump is a Russian asset McCabe: Trump ‘undermining the role of law enforcement’ MORE’s decision to fire Jeff Sessions as attorney general.

The call, organized by Minority Leader Nancy PelosiNancy Patricia D'Alesandro PelosiOvernight Health Care — Presented by National Taxpayers Union — Trump, Dems open drug price talks | FDA warns against infusing young people's blood | Facebook under scrutiny over health data | Harris says Medicare for all isn't socialism Dems think they're beating Trump in emergency declaration battle Steve King asks for Congressional Record correction over white supremacist quote MORE (D-Calif.) and first reported by Politico, is seen as the beginning of Democratic scrutiny of Trump’s controversial move as they prepare to assume control of the chamber in January.

Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.), the top Democrat on the House Judiciary Committee, will brief the Democratic conference on the state of play and outline the potential ramifications of Sessions's dismissal, according to a Democratic congressional source.

Briefings are also expected from Rep. Elijah CummingsElijah Eugene CummingsOvernight Defense: Trump signs Space Force directive | Dems probe Trump officials' dealings with Saudi Arabia | Trump feels 'no rush' in North Korea talks Dems open new front against Trump Overnight Energy: Justices take up major case on water rules | Dems probe administration's dealings with Saudi Arabia | Greens sue EPA over toxic paint strippers MORE (Md.), the ranking member on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, and Rep. Adam SchiffAdam Bennett SchiffWhite House, GOP defend Trump emergency declaration Schiff: Evidence of collusion between Trump campaign, Russia 'pretty compelling' Schiff: 'Hard to imagine a poorer case' than Trump's on emergency declaration MORE (Calif.), the top Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee.

Democratic leaders want to ensure that lawmakers are all on the same page as they figure out how to proceed.

Democrats have been demanding answers about Sessions from Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) and Sessions's replacement, Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker.

They want to know how the shakeup at the highest level of the Justice Department will impact special counsel Robert Mueller's Russia investigation.

In a letter to Whitaker, Democrats warned that a "constitutional crisis" could ensue if the Mueller probe is not protected, urging the new top cop to recuse himself and place Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein back in the supervisory role for the probe.

“There is little doubt that President Trump’s decision to force the firing of Attorney General Sessions places Special Counsel Mueller’s inquiry at grave risk,” Democrats wrote.

The lawmakers asked Whitaker to confirm who is supervising the investigation, while also "strongly" suggesting that Rosenstein should continue oversight of the probe.

They argued it would be "inappropriate" for Whitaker to oversee the investigation given his public comments about his views toward the Mueller investigation. Whitaker has said Rosenstein should limit the "scope" of the investigation, writing in a CNN op-ed last year that the probe has gone "too far."

Olivia Beavers contributed.