Sessions resigns as Attorney General

Sessions resigns as Attorney General

Sessions resigns as Attorney General

President Donald Trump fired Attorney General Jeff Sessions Wednesday, replacing him with a Trump loyalist who has called Robert Mueller's Russian Federation investigation a "witch hunt".

In an interview with a conservative talk radio host, Whitaker said there was "no collusion" between Trump's presidential campaign and Russian Federation, a key question being examined by the special counsel's office.

Democrats warned against interference in the probe.

Casey tweeted Wednesday after news of Sessions' departure that Congress should take action to protect Mueller's investigation from interference. Clovis had run for the Senate as well and later worked on Trump's presidential campaign.

Asked whether Whitaker would assume control over Mueller's investigation, Justice Department spokeswoman Sarah Flores said Whitaker would be "in charge of all matters under the purview of the Department of Justice". He added that it had "been a privilege" to work under Sessions.

"Everybody is in love", he said at a White House press conference.

But if Whitaker moves to curtail Mueller, he would eventually have to disclose that to Congress.

"Our country is on the line", Myra Slotnick, a rally organizer, told the crowd gathered across the street from the golden-domed State House.

Mueller's probe has since reached plea deals with or indicted a number of Trump associates. Previously he was a conservative legal commentator who was critical of the scope of Mueller's probe.

'Nor has a President ever before appointed an acting attorney general who is on record describing the means by which the President could curtail an ongoing investigation of the President's conduct'. She compared the current situation to the so-called Saturday Night Massacre in 1973, when President Nixon fired a special prosecutor and accepted the resignations of the attorney general and deputy attorney general.

The appointment generated immediate controversy given Whitaker's previous public comments criticizing the probe.

"This is not a moment for partisanship", he said.

But Senate Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley praised Whitaker.

Hurwitz said that reality is "topsy-turvy" when progressives are protesting the firing of Sessions because the former Alabama senator is someone that "we have known for years is an enemy of everything that's good and progressive and forward-thinking".

I would like to get into two of the things that you reported today.

"We're not shedding any tears for, nor are we protesting for, Jeff Sessions". Marvin Gaye's "What's Going On" played on loudspeakers as protesters crowded into the plaza, waving signs with phrases like "Back off from Mueller".

CNN reports that Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi is also under consideration. But Mr Sessions's replacement will have the power to do so, or end the inquiry.

Des Moines attorney Guy Cook, a Democrat who has known Whitaker for years, called him a clear thinker and a "no-nonsense guy who is not to be underestimated".

That left Rosenstein overseeing the investigation, and he named Mueller as special counsel.

The Republican Party loyalist wrote an opinion piece for CNN in August 2017 that argued Mueller had too much latitude in his investigation.

David Bosel, a retired political scientist, described Trump's attempts to scupper the Mueller investigation as "dictatorial" and accused most Republicans in Congress of helping Trump tilt the U.S. towards "fascism". Sessions said in a letter to Trump that he resigned at the president's request.

The Boston demonstrators demanded that Whitaker recuse himself from the Russian Federation probe and urged federal lawmakers to act immediately to protect the special counsel's office. "Trump's attempt to be his own judge and jury is inconsistent with the rule of law and democracy". Christie helped put away Kushner's father, Charles Kushner, for campaign and tax crimes.

-With assistance from Steven T. Dennis.

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