Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi under consideration to replace Sessions

Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi under consideration to replace Sessions

Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi under consideration to replace Sessions

The swift firing may have also been a way for Mr Trump to get ahead of any efforts from the newly-empowered Democrats to reopen the House intelligence committee's investigation into ties between Mr Trump's campaign team and Russian Federation.

And newly elected Utah Senator, Republican Mitt Romney, added that indeed, the Mueller investigation should continue unimpeded.

New Acting Attorney General Matt Whitaker, whose appointment means he will supervise special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation, has a personal tie to one of the witnesses in the probe: Whitaker was the campaign chairman for Sam Clovis in 2014 when Clovis ran for state treasurer in Iowa.

The replacement raises questions about the future of special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into possible collusion between Russian Federation and Trump's 2016 presidential campaign and obstruction of justice.

Trump blamed the decision for opening the door to the appointment of special counsel Robert Mueller, who took over the Russian Federation investigation and began examining whether Trump's hectoring of Sessions was part of a broader effort to obstruct justice.

Rosenstein's future has also been under question, after the New York Times reported in September that he allegedly suggested he could wear a wire in the Oval Office with Trump, and discussed using the 25th Amendment to have the president removed.

Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer says it is "paramount" that the investigation of special counsel Robert Mueller be protected by President Donald Trump's new attorney general.

Whitaker argued that Mueller should not be able to investigate the Trump family's finances in the course of his probe.

Any action by Mr Whitaker could potentially be challenged under the Vacancies Reform Act Trump used to appoint his acting attorney general. Trump said Wednesday that he did not plan to stop the investigation.

Trump appointed Kobach to lead his presidential commission on voter fraud, which was disbanded after states refused to turn over data.

In his resignation letter, SESSIONS writes, "we have restored and upheld the rule of law - a glorious tradition that each of us has a responsibility to safeguard". He had previously said in 2017 that "there will be holy hell to pay" if Sessions was sacked. In that scenario, Mueller's budget could be reduced "so low that his investigation grinds to nearly a halt", Mr. Whitaker said during a July 2017 interview with CNN.

Good cause is a hard thing to show, especially since Mr Mueller's actions were approved by the deputy attorney general, said Jens Ohlin, a professor of criminal law at Cornell Law School.

He also announced media leak crackdowns and tougher policies against opioids, and his Justice Department defended a since-abandoned administration policy that resulted in migrant parents being separated from their children at the border.

The broadsides escalated in recent months, with Trump telling a television interviewer that Sessions "had never had control" of the Justice Department and snidely accusing him on Twitter of not protecting Republican interests by allowing two GOP congressmen to be indicted before the election.

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