Washington State Office of Attorney General

11/08/2018 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 11/08/2018 18:33

AG Ferguson urges Acting Attorney General Whitaker to recuse himself from the Mueller investigation in multistate letter

Mueller probe 'must proceed free from interference'

OLYMPIA - AG Ferguson today joined a coalition of 18 state attorneys general in urging Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker to recuse himself from Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.

Ferguson and Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey sent the letter today, cosigned by the attorneys general of New York, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Illinois, Minnesota, New Jersey, California, North Carolina, Oregon, Vermont, Rhode Island, Virginia, New Mexico, Maryland and Washington, D.C.

In the letter, the attorneys general write, 'Because a reasonable person could question your impartiality in the matter, your recusal is necessary to maintain public trust in the integrity of the investigation and to protect the essential and longstanding independence of the Department you have been chosen to lead, on an acting basis.'

'An Attorney General's highest responsibility is to uphold the law and ensure public confidence in the impartial administration of justice by leading an empowered and independent Department,' the letter continues. 'We hope you share that goal.'

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Dan Jackson, Acting Communications Director, (360) 753-2716; [email protected]