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 TrumpRussia's election interference is a problem for the GOP Pence to pitch trade deal during trip to Michigan: report Iran oil minister: US made 'bad mistake' in ending sanctions waivers MORE’s decision to fire Jeff Sessions as attorney general.

The call, organized by Minority Leader Nancy PelosiNancy Patricia D'Alesandro PelosiPence to pitch trade deal during trip to Michigan: report Julián Castro: Trump should be impeached for trying to obstruct justice 'in very concrete ways' Swalwell on impeachment: 'We're on that road' after Mueller report 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 CummingsWhite House moves to block official from congressional testimony despite subpoena The Hill's Morning Report - Dem candidates sell policy as smart politics On The Money: Cain withdraws from Fed consideration | Says he didn't want 'pay cut' | Trump sues to block subpoena for financial records | Dems plot next move in Trump tax-return battle MORE (Md.), the ranking member on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, and Rep. Adam SchiffAdam Bennett SchiffOn The Money: Cain withdraws from Fed consideration | Says he didn't want 'pay cut' | Trump sues to block subpoena for financial records | Dems plot next move in Trump tax-return battle Pelosi downplays impeachment post-Mueller report Pelosi, Dems struggle to find unity in Mueller response 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.