Dem rep: Trump is ‘scared’ of House Democratic oversight

Rep. Ruben GallegoRuben GallegoThe best way to handle veterans, active-duty military that participated in Capitol riot 'I saw my life flash before my eyes': An oral history of the Capitol attack Overnight Defense: National Guard boosts DC presence ahead of inauguration | Lawmakers demand probes into troops' role in Capitol riot | Financial disclosures released for Biden Pentagon nominee MORE (D-Az.) said Thursday that President TrumpDonald TrumpFacebook temporarily bans ads for weapons accessories following Capitol riots Sasse, in fiery op-ed, says QAnon is destroying GOP Section 230 worked after the insurrection, but not before: How to regulate social media MORE is "scared" of the oversight authority House Democrats have after winning the majority this midterm election.

“The President clearly is scared that there will be oversight coming from the Democrats in the House,” he told Wolf Blitzer on "The Situation Room."

Gallego focused on the resignation of Jeff SessionsJefferson (Jeff) Beauregard SessionsRosenstein: Zero tolerance immigration policy 'never should have been proposed or implemented' Sessions, top DOJ officials knew 'zero tolerance' would separate families, watchdog finds Sen. Hawley tramples the 2020 vote in his run to 2024 MORE, saying that the president asking for the former Attorney General to leave “shows that the President really is scared and he wants to move fast to basically snuff" the investigation into possible collusion between Donald Trump’s presidential campaign and Russia ahead of the 2016 election lead by Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) MuellerWhy a special counsel is guaranteed if Biden chooses Yates, Cuomo or Jones as AG Barr taps attorney investigating Russia probe origins as special counsel CNN's Toobin warns McCabe is in 'perilous condition' with emboldened Trump MORE.


Gallego also said Trump making moves to fire the special counsel would challenge legal principles.

“This all about the Rule of Law and the president should respect that, since he basically just ran a whole campaign about not breaking the law,” he said.

The acting Attorney General, Matthew Whitaker, has criticized the idea of the special counsel in the past, leading many including Rep. Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiMissouri woman seen with Pelosi sign charged in connection with Capitol riots Boebert communications director resigns amid Capitol riot: report Revising the pardon power — let the Speaker and Congress have voices MORE (D-Ca.) and Sen. Charles SchumerChuck SchumerBiden and the new Congress must protect Americans from utility shutoffs 'Almost Heaven, West Virginia' — Joe Manchin and a 50-50 Senate Democrats looking to speed through Senate impeachment trial MORE (D-N.Y.) to raise red flags about potential interruption of the probe.

Gallego finished the interview by highlighting what he believed the new Democratic majority in the House needs to do.

“We’re here to do our constitutional duties… to be a check and balance against the executive," he said.