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Welch Message to Vermonters Participating in "Nobody is Above the Law" Protests

November 8, 2018
Press Release

Rep. Peter Welch (D-Vt.) issued the following message to Vermonters participating in the “Nobody Is Above the Law” protests across the state:

“Thank you all for gathering today to express our mutual and deep concern that the guardrails of our democracy are at risk. I regret that I could not be here with you.

The firing of Jeff Sessions is cause for alarm, but not because he was a great attorney general.  From his role in developing and implementing the Muslim ban to the despicable policy of separating migrant children from their parents, he will go down as one of the worst attorney generals in history. 

While I am glad to see him go, his departure further jeopardizes the credible investigation by Robert Mueller into efforts during the 2016 election to undermine our democracy. It is vital that this investigation reach its conclusion without political influence or intimidation.

A core principle of our democracy is that no one is above the law, especially the President of the United States. The American people have a right to know what happened and a right to expect that anyone who violated the law is held accountable. 

Yesterday, I called for the new Acting Attorney General to immediately recuse himself from the investigation and for Congress to open an investigation into the circumstances of Mr. Session’s departure. And I have introduced bipartisan legislation to protect the Mueller investigation. Congress should take it up and pass it immediately.

On Tuesday, the American people spoke loudly and clearly with a record voter turnout. Among other things, you and voters across the country removed Paul Ryan and Devin Nunes from positions of influence over the Mueller investigation. I am confident that the new majority will use its subpoena power to shine the light of day on Mueller’s findings and any effort to block the investigation or obstruct justice.

Martin Luther King once said, ‘Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.’ These are difficult times for our country.  But I am confident that we will prevail and that our democracy will endure. It is essential that all Americans pay attention to what is happening in Washington and speak up as you are today.

Your voice matters. Your actions matter.  And your passion for our democracy matters.  Thank you for all you are doing to stand up for our democracy and our democratic norms of free speech, a free press, and the rule of law.“