Sunday, 18 November, 2018

Trump under fire for firing Sessions

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Leonard Rios | 09 November, 2018, 08:46

The move Wednesday has potentially ominous implications for special counsel Robert Mueller's probe given that the new acting attorney general, Matthew Whitaker, until now Sessions' chief of staff, has questioned the inquiry's scope and spoke publicly before joining the Justice Department about ways an attorney general could theoretically stymie the investigation.

He submitted a letter of resignation at the request of President Donald Trump. Justice Department officials said his taking over for his boss was, at the very least, "awkward", because chiefs of staff typically leave with the attorney general.

As acting attorney general, Whitaker now has the power to wrest oversight away from Rosenstein, and take charge himself.

Those opinions have led some leading Democrats, as well as protesters in several cities tonight, to call Whitaker to recuse himself and to protect Robert Mueller. One of those offices, in NY, is leading an investigation involving the president's former personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, and hush money payments Cohen says he made to two women who say they had sex with Trump.

But the Justice Department told CBS News on Wednesday that Whitaker will now oversee the probe.

In the interview, first reported by Mother Jones, Whitaker discussed the reports at the time that Trump had asked former FBI Director James Comey to drop an investigation into former national security adviser Michael Flynn.

"Many experts view Trump's firing yesterday of Attorney Jeff Sessions as a potential obstruction of justice attempt", said organizers of the protest, including Democrats Abroad Vancouver.

Whitaker's statements in the media regarding the Mueller probe have alarmed activist groups opposed to the president.

Whitaker also once worked as chairman of Sam Clovis' failed campaign for Iowa state treasurer in 2014.

US Attorney General Resigns
Sessions' chief of staff, Matthew Whitaker , will be acting attorney general , Trump said on Twitter. Several conservative lawyers are recommending Brown to replace Sessions, the Bee reported .

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Rosenstein, who appointed Mueller and has overseen his probe from the beginning will stay in his post, according to the official. "This rule of law crisis has been a slow-motion train wreck for a long time", Tribe said.

Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer, who has already called on Whitaker to recuse himself from the investigation, said it is "paramount" that Trump's new attorney general protect the Mueller investigation.

According to legal analysts cited by The Guardian, Trump's decision may set off a constitutional crisis over the fate of the Mueller inquiry, which followed a conclusion by U.S. intelligence agencies that Russian Federation intervened to help Trump win in 2016.

Trump's relationship with Sessions frayed just weeks into his tenure, when he stepped aside from the Russian Federation investigation.

There has also been a question mark over Mr Rosenstein's future since it was alleged that he had discussed invoking a constitutional clause to oust President Trump.

Democratic Senator Richard Blumenthal of CT also criticized Whitaker's appointment.

Toomey spoke at the Emmaus Public Library on Thursday during the opening of a new $1.3 million children's wing, and met with reporters afterward.

CNN reports that Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi is also under consideration.

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) faced a seemingly uncomfortable moment on Fox News Thursday when confronted with his past remarks claiming there would be "holy hell to pay" if Jeff Sessions was sacked. "There is no mistaking what this means, and what is at stake: this is a constitutionally perilous moment for our country and for the president".

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