Dems to Schuette: Time To Join 20 AGs and Support Independent Investigation of Trump

News from the Michigan Democratic Party

Wednesday, May 17, 2017
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Dems to Schuette: Time To Join 20 AGs and Support Independent Investigation of Trump
Michigan’s Top Law Enforcement Officer Must Lead and Stand up for the Rule of Law

LANSING — Today, the Michigan Democratic Party called upon Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette to join 20 state attorneys general across the country and support an independent investigation into President Donald Trump. Following a deluge of scandals in the last week, along with those that have dogged the first four months of his administration, we now have the bombshell revelation that Donald Trump asked former FBI Director James Comey to kill the Bureau’s investigation into Trump’s former national security adviser, Michael Flynn, and his ties to Russia. It’s high time for Schuette to put partisanship aside and back an independent probe into Trump’s potential obstruction of justice.

Schuette proudly endorsed Trump for president, even as many of his fellow Republicans did not. His staff has bragged about his “good working relationship” with the president and even backed Trump on his unconstitutional Muslim ban. And in March, Schuette hobnobbed with Trump in Washington, D.C.

But as the state’s top law enforcement officer, Schuette cannot allow his loyalty to Trump to supercede his loyalty to the Constitution and the rule of law. He has long claimed that he’s committed to defending the Constitution. Now here’s his chance to do so by calling for an independent investigation into the Trump administration’s collusion with Russia and the president’s subsequent firing of Comey.

“We all know Bill Schuette only does what’s good for Bill Schuette,” said Brandon Dillon, Chair of the Michigan Democratic Party. “He’s spent his entire career seeking the limelight, instead of doing what’s right. It’s time for Schuette to put duty first, set his political ambitions aside, and call for an independent investigation into Donald Trump’s administration and his campaign’s relationship with Russia. Bill Schuette swore to defend the Constitution, and as our democracy is threatened from outside and within, it’s time for him to step up and honor that sacred oath.”

The Michigan Democratic Party has created an online petition where citizens can add their names to those demanding Schuette call for an independent investigation of the Trump administration. The petition can be found at