Attorney General Jeff Sessions resigns at the behest of President Trump

08 November, 2018, 07:43 | Author: Angel Logan
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Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who frequently had been criticized publicly by President Trump for recusing himself in the Russian Federation probe, submitted his resignation Wednesday.

Mr Sessions' chief of staff Matthew Whitaker has been appointed acting attorney general, the president announced via Twitter.

Bret Baier asked Gowdy about Senate Democratic Leader Charles Schumer, who said that "any attorney general. should not be able to interfere with the Mueller investigation in any way". But with Sessions's resignation, that's changing.

They also called for the new acting attorney general, who has been openly critical of Mueller and the investigation, to recuse himself from oversight of the inquiry.

Trump and Whitaker personally discussed the prospect of his replacing Sessions just last month, according to The Washington Post.

When President Donald Trump came to the Capital City to support Kris Kobach's bid for governor, he joked with the crowd he kind of hoped the Republican nominee didn't win.

Whitaker will now be in control of the Mueller investigation.

Democrats have slammed Whitaker's appointment to replace Sessions, arguing that Trump is trying to undermine Mueller and demanding that Whitaker recuse himself from supervising the Mueller investigation due to his writings and public comments attacking the investigation. Mueller will now answer to Whitaker, who will oversee the investigation.

Mueller is investigating potential links or coordination between Trump's 2016 campaign associates and the Russian government. "He will serve our Country well", tweeted the President.

In a legal commentator role, he suggested Mr Mueller limit the scope of his investigation.

In an interview on "CNN Newsroom", Dean said the ouster was "unlike the Saturday Night Massacre" of October 1973, when the embattled Nixon fired special prosecutor Archibald Cox, and accepted the resignations of his attorney general and deputy attorney general amid the Watergate scandal.

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. Luther Strange was also on Twitter - where he tweeted "Jeff Sessions for Senate in 2020!"

"I am committed to leading a fair Department with the highest ethical standards, that upholds the rule of law, and seeks justice for all Americans".

"Theoretically, I think the foreman of the grand jury could take them in to the judge, or they would be filed with the judge already, and this would be the basis to unseal them", he said.

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