A former federal prosecutor who was once a senior member of the Trump administration says he’s going to file a lawsuit against the Trump Justice Department on behalf of Trump associates who were allegedly subjected to “insulted and baseless” investigations.
Jonathan Marshall, who was a top prosecutor in the Justice Department’s Criminal Division during the George W. Bush administration, made the announcement in a letter to the attorneys general of New Jersey, California, New York and Pennsylvania, calling for an independent investigation into the conduct of the Special Counsel’s investigation.
“We have no reason to believe that Mr. Comey or anyone else in the Special Committee is capable of conducting an impartial investigation,” Marshall wrote.
“We are confident that the Special Prosecutor will be able to hold the FBI and the DOJ accountable for its conduct and ensure that justice is served.”
Marshall’s letter came as the Special Attorney General announced he would be stepping down from the probe, citing a need to focus on the Trump campaign’s ties to Russia.
Trump has said that Comey was fired for mishandling the investigation into his campaign’s potential ties to Russian President Vladimir Putin, and that he was pressured into resigning by former FBI Director Robert Mueller.
Marshall, a former prosecutor and federal prosecutor, was appointed to the bench by President George W., Bush.
He was the first federal prosecutor to serve in the George H.W. Bush and Bill Clinton administrations, serving as an assistant attorney general and a senior prosecutor in New Jersey and California before becoming a special prosecutor in 1993.
He served in the Trump White House as a senior counsel and then worked as an attorney in the White House Counsel’s Office under President George HW.
He also represented former White House press secretary Sean Spicer and former White Trump adviser Roger Stone.