Congressman Steve Cohen

Representing the 9th District of Tennessee

Congressman Cohen Questions Acting Attorney General

February 8, 2019
Press Release
Asks about emoluments violations and about crossing a “red line”

WASHINGTON – Congressman Steve Cohen (TN-09), the chairman of the House Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights and Civil Liberties, questioned Acting Attorney General Matthew G. Whitaker at a Judiciary Committee oversight hearing today. Congressman Cohen asked Whitaker about violations of the emoluments clauses of the Constitution, whether President Trump’s personal lawyers should represent him in emoluments lawsuits rather than Justice Department lawyers, and Whitaker’s prior agreement with President Trump’s assertion that Special Counsel Robert Mueller would be crossing a “red line” by looking into the President’s personal finances. Congressman Cohen also asked Whitaker if he is overseeing what the President has referred to as a “witch hunt.” See the exchange here.

During the hearing, Congressman Cohen asked Whitaker:

“If matters arose from the (Mueller) investigation, directly or indirectly, that the Trump family owed lots of money to Russian oligarchs and people real close to Putin, and that affected the actions they took as President of the United States on behalf of the United States of America, would you agree that was not crossing a ‘red line’ but in fact was a red line from Moscow that we need to look into?”