Trump fires US Attorney General Jeff Sessions

Trump fires US Attorney General Jeff Sessions

In an op-ed for CNN, Whitaker wrote: "Mueller has come up to a red line in the Russian Federation 2016 election-meddling investigation that he is dangerously close to crossing".

Asked if Whitaker would now oversee Mueller, a Justice Department spokeswoman said: "The acting attorney general is in charge of all matters under the purview of the Department of Justice".

Whitaker has not been a fan. Previously he was a conservative legal commentator who was critical of the scope of Mueller's probe. That investigation is now being lead by former FBI director Robert Mueller, who was appointed by Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein and has overseen the probe's work.

On the heels of this, CNN is reporting Thursday that the special counsel has begun writing the final Russian Federation report.

A website set up by Political Action says Trump "crossed a red line, violating the independence of the investigation" Wednesday, when Sessions handed in his letter of resignation, reportedly at Trump's urging. The president's lawyers have argued he has vast privilege under the Constitution to hire or dismiss almost anyone within the executive branch. "But I don't want to stop it because politically, I don't like stopping it". That includes implying he had inside knowledge in separate email exchanges with a Breitbart editor and Steve Bannon, the then-Trump campaign chairman, just days before WikiLeaks began releasing thousands of emails stolen from Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta. His style rubbed many the wrong way, and at times Justice Department officials pushed back on his demands. Rosenstein offered a weak wave-off of his role in the surveillance process, claiming he may not have read the whole FISA application before signing off on it.

Schumer called it "paramount" that Mueller's status be protected by the new attorney general. The attorney general, for his part, proved determined to remain in the position until dismissed.

The president can not directly fire the special counsel.

Democratic Senator Richard Blumenthal of CT also criticized Whitaker's appointment. Democrats cited his past comments about Mueller as evidence that he too must recuse.

Mr Trump also spoke on the House Minority Leader, Nancy Pelosi, who is favoured to be the next Speaker from January 2019.

Mueller is investigating if Trump's campaign colluded with Russian Federation, and whether Trump unlawfully tried to obstruct the probe, along with possible financial misconduct by Trump's family and associates.

Grassley said Whitaker "will work hard and make us proud", saying that the department would be in good hands during the transition.

Matthew played tight end on the 1991 Rose Bowl Team for the Iowa Hawkeyes, according to WHO-TV.

"Since the day I was honored to be sworn in as attorney general of the United States, I came to work at the Department of Justice every day determined to do my duty and serve my country", Sessions wrote. But, he countered that executive terminations are open to Senate oversight.

Clovis was also listed an unnamed "campaign supervisor" in the indictment of former Trump campaign aide George Papadopoulos, according to The Washington Post.

"The video is clear, he did", she said.

"They're wasting a lot of money, but I let it go on".

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