VIDEO - “While the president does have the right to ask for US Attorneys resignations, he can't do it for an improper purpose, to interfere with an ongoing investigation.”

Sen. Chris Coons, a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, last night joined The Rachel Maddow Show to discuss the forced resignation of Dana Boente. On Nov. 7, Coons sent a letter to Attorney General Sessions and Deputy AG Rosenstein demanding answers on why Boente was forced to resign. Coons sent two additional letters, one renewing his request to the Justice Department for answers and a second asking the Judiciary Committee for a hearing.

“The national security division has a central role in law enforcement matters that relate to actions by our adversaries or actions that implicate our intelligence community, and I think it would be easy to conclude why that might be specifically relevant to Russian attempts at interference in our last election or any counterintelligence matters that might be a part of that ongoing investigation. I also want to raise the matter that Dana Boente, the Eastern District of Virginia US Attorney is fourth in line of succession.”