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The Attorneys General from the States of Massachusetts, California, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Iowa, Illinois, Maine, Maryland, Minnesota, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Virginia, Vermont, Washington, and the District of Columbia “are calling for the immediate appointment of an independent special counsel to investigate Russian interference in the [US] presidential election“.
“The state attorney general in each of the 50 U.S. states and territories is the chief legal advisor to the state government and the state’s chief law enforcement officer. In some states, the attorney general serves as the head of a state department of justice, with responsibilities similar to those of the United States Department of Justice.” https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/State_attorney_general
NYTimes: “Days Before Firing, Comey Asked for More Resources for Russia Inquiry“, “James B. Comey made his appeal during a meeting last week with the deputy attorney general, who wrote the memo used to justify his firing.” https://www.nytimes.com/2017/05/10/us/politics/comey-russia-investigation-fbi.html
Text of letter: “Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein U.S. Department of Justice 950 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW Washington, DC 20530
Dear Deputy Attorney General Rosenstein,
As the chief law enforcement officers of our respective states, we view the President’s firing of FBI Director James Comey in the middle of his investigation of Russian interference in the presidential election as a violation of the public trust.
As prosecutors committed to the rule of law, we urge you to consider the damage to our democratic system of any attempts by the administration to derail and delegitimize the investigation.
The residents of our states and the American people deserve a thorough investigation that makes clear the extent of Russian meddling, any collusion by Trump campaign officials, and any cover-up.
Only the appointment of an independent special counsel, pursuant to 28 CFR § 600.1, with full powers and resources, can begin to restore public confidence. We urge you to appoint a special counsel immediately.
cc: The Honorable Richard M. Burr, Chairman, Senate Intelligence Committee The Honorable Mark Warner, Ranking Member, Senate Intelligence Committee The Honorable Mike Conaway, House Intelligence Committee The Honorable Adam Schiff, House Intelligence Committee” (Emphasis our own). Original here and bottom of our blog post: https://ag.ny.gov/sites/default/files/ag_multistate_letter_to_deputy_ag_rosenstein.pdf
Press Release from the Attorney General for the State of New York:
“A.G. Schneiderman Joins Coalition Of 20 Attorneys General In Calling For An Independent Special Counsel, Following President Trump’s Firing Of FBI Director James Comey
Today, New York Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman joined a coalition of 20 attorneys general in calling for the immediate appointment of an independent special counsel to investigate Russian interference in the presidential election.
The letter, sent to the U.S. Department of Justice’s Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, calls the firing of FBI Director James Comey during his ongoing investigation “a violation of the public trust.”
“As prosecutors committed to the rule of law, we urge you to consider the damage to our democratic system of any attempts by the administration to derail and delegitimize the investigation,” the letter states.
The attorneys general also argue that the residents in their states “deserve a thorough investigation that makes clear the extent of Russian meddling, any collusion by Trump campaign officials, and any cover-up.”
Click here to read the letter. https://ag.ny.gov/sites/default/files/ag_multistate_letter_to_deputy_ag_rosenstein.pdf
The letter was signed by the attorneys general from Massachusetts, California, Connecticut, Delaware, the District of Columbia, Hawaii, Iowa, Illinois, Maine, Maryland, Minnesota, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Virginia, Vermont and Washington.” See original here: https://ag.ny.gov/press-release/ag-schneiderman-joins-coalition-20-attorneys-general-calling-independent-special
“An Open Letter to the Deputy Attorney General
Rod Rosenstein has more authority than anyone else to restore Americans’ confidence in their government.” By THE EDITORIAL BOARD MAY 11, 2017 https://www.nytimes.com/2017/05/11/opinion/deputy-attorney-general-open-letter.html
Photo on top: https://www.justice.gov/usao/about-offices-united-states-attorneys Federal level Offices of US Attorneys should not be confused with State level Attorneys General.