Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) on Monday blasted President Donald Trump’s tweets about the FBI probe into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election, arguing that he’s still being attacked by the administration.
“It is a matter of national security for the United States to be able to respond in a manner that does not undermine our own democracy,” Sanders told reporters in Washington, D.C. “If the President wants to make a comment about the investigation, fine.
But we have to respect that process and our own process.”
The president has repeatedly called the FBI investigation a “witch hunt” and has called the probe a political witch hunt.
In the wake of a series of Trump tweets on Monday, Sanders, the Vermont senator and ranking member of the Senate Intelligence Committee, sent a letter to Attorney General Jeff Sessions, Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, and Director of the FBI Andrew McCabe demanding that they immediately release documents related to the Russia probe.
In his letter, Sanders also asked to have the Department of Justice release all documents relating to the investigation and said the Trump administration “should immediately release all records related to this matter.”
“I call on you to immediately and publicly release all investigative documents related or pertaining to this investigation and ensure the public can see the full range of the investigative findings,” Sanders wrote.
“If the White House refuses to release all materials and documents related, or is unwilling to do so, I call on the Attorney General to immediately investigate and prosecute this Administration for any violation of the law, including obstruction of justice.”
Sanders is not the only lawmaker calling for the release of the documents.
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) also sent a memo to Sessions Monday, arguing “this investigation must be reopened” and “a full accounting must be made of all the information obtained.”
“President Trump has continued to attack the FBI for the Russia investigation,” Pelosi said in a statement.
“The President has a right to attack anyone in the FBI, but it is wrong for him to try to intimidate the special counsel into refusing to investigate the president.”
The Senate Intelligence panel is currently investigating Russian meddling in the election.
In a statement Monday, Sessions said he will “fully cooperate with any congressional investigation” into Russia’s meddling in 2016.
He added that his department is cooperating fully with the Senate panel.