Trump Fires Sessions. Transparency Calls to Protect Mueller Probe Against Trump

President Donald Trump. Photo: White House
President Donald Trump. Photo: White House

Currently, Mueller is leading a judicial team to know the extent of Trump-Russia ties that allegedly helped Trump win the 2016 presidential race.

By Rakesh Raman

As President Trump has fired Attorney General Jeff Sessions, global anti-corruption coalition Transparency International calls on U.S. leadership to defend the independence and integrity of the investigation led by special counsel Robert Mueller.

Currently, Mueller is leading a judicial team to know the extent of Trump-Russia ties that allegedly helped Trump win the 2016 presidential race. Trump asked Sessions to leave because he was not stopping Mueller probe against Trump.

Transparency said Wednesday that the provision of justice free from political interference is core to global anti-corruption efforts.

“Any attempt to suppress inquiries or investigations related to the President by the President himself or his staff is cause for serious concern,” said Patricia Moreira, managing director of Transparency International.

After facing a defeat in the Tuesday’s midterm election, Trump had threatened to retaliate, saying if Democrats start investigations against him, he will also use his control over the Senate to hit back.

The Democrats have taken back the control of the House of Representatives which will now allow them to hold an aggressive investigation against Trump and his corruption, as he has refused to show his tax returns.

“We are deeply disturbed about the message this sends to government leaders worldwide,” said Moreira. “Countries that look to the U.S. as an example may feel empowered by any attempts to undermine the special counsel investigation, and clamp down on their own independent investigations into alleged corruption and misdeeds by top officials.”

As Trump is scared of Mueller probe, he quoted NBC News to say that voters disapprove the so-called Mueller investigation (46%) more than they approve (41%). In order to avoid Mueller investigation, Trump keeps attacking the investigation with false information.

Transparency International urged the U.S. government to ensure that the Mueller investigation proceeds unhindered and with all the necessary resources and support required by democracy characterized by both rule of law and checks and balances.

By Rakesh Raman, who is a national award-winning journalist and social activist. He is the founder of a humanitarian organization RMN Foundation which is working in diverse areas to help the disadvantaged and distressed people in the society.

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