Jake Sullivan’s wife, Margaret Goodlander, is under pressure to recuse herself from Special Counsel John Durham’s Trump-Russia probe, which involves her husband who worked for the 2016 Clinton campaign.
The Durham probe is overseen by Garland, which presents a conflict of interest for Goodlander, whose boss has authority over Durham’s investigative budget, scope, and release of the probe’s outstanding report.
While Sullivan has not been reportedly indicted for any crime related to the Russia Hoax, “the national security adviser could be a witness for the investigation given that he was a foreign policy adviser to Hillary Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign,” the Washington Free Beacon reported.
Jason Foster, founder and president of Empower Oversight, a watchdog group, told the Free Beacon Goodlander’s recusal would be “no imposition” on the Justice Department, while her recusal would build public reassurance that the probe is carried out justly.
“It would be no imposition on [Goodlander] or AG Garland to simply recuse herself from providing any advice to him in relation to that investigation—and thus reassure the public that she will continue to have no role in the future,” Foster said.