Jeff Sessions forced out after months of Trump abuse over Mueller probe

Jeff Sessions forced out after months of Trump abuse over Mueller probe

Jeff Sessions forced out after months of Trump abuse over Mueller probe

The latest indication of the fury came Wednesday when he forced out his attorney general, Jeff Sessions, whose recusal opened the door to Mueller's appointment.

In a shocking special election, Sessions was replaced by Democrat Doug Jones a year ago, after the Republican candidate, former Alabama Judge Roy Moore, was publicly disgraced when allegations surfaced that he molested teenage girls when he was in his thirties.

Rosenstein, who appointed Mueller and has overseen his probe from the beginning will stay in his post, according to the official.

But the problems started after he told senators during his confirmation hearing that he had never met with Russians during the campaign.

Some Democrats quickly demanded that Whitaker should recuse himself from supervising Mueller, as Sessions did because Whitaker wrote an opinion piece for CNN in August 2017 that argued Mueller had too much latitude in his investigation.

The investigation has produced 32 criminal charges, including guilty pleas from four former Trump associates. They include his former National Security Adviser, Michael Flynn, and his former lawyer, Michael Cohen.

The new acting attorney general, Whitaker will assume the duties and responsibilities fulfilled by Sessions.

"I used to live in NY and know lots about Trump".

At a protest in support of Mueller outside the White House, a crowd of several hundred protesters shouted anti-Trump slogans.

As for the reports on Trump, if Whitaker suppresses them, the House Judiciary Committee could subpoena them and make them public.

Cavuto said that Trump can fire or solicit resignations from anyone as chief executive.

With control of the lower house of Congress, the Democrats have the power to order their own investigation into Trump's dealings with the Russians and other foreign governments.

Mr Whitaker expressed concerns over the investigation.

Bipartisan bills to protect Mueller from politically motivated removal have been introduced in the House and Senate.

President Donald Trump named Whitaker as acting attorney general after Sessions resigned Wednesday.

Whitaker has criticized special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into potential coordination between the president's Republican campaign and Russian Federation.

"If this wasn't about the Mueller probe, why install an Acting AG other than the DEPUTY Attorney General?" he wrote in a tweet.

In July 2017, he said during an interview on CNN that he could envision a scenario under which a temporary attorney general doesn't fire Mueller but rather "just reduces his budget to so low that his investigations grinds to nearly a halt". "This would not only be out of character for a respected figure like Mueller, but also could be damaging to the President of the United States and his family - and by extension, to the country".

His agenda unsettled liberals who said that Sessions' focus on tough prosecutions marked a return to failed drug war tactics that unduly hurt minorities and the poor, and that his rollbacks of protections for gay and transgender people amount to discrimination.

In Washington, DC, protesters called on Democrat and Republican legislators to put partisan divisions aside to avoid the possibility of a constitutional crisis. "We're protesting Trump installing a hack to obstruct Mueller's investigation".

"It is imperative that the Administration not impede the Mueller investigation", she tweeted. "I could end it right now." he added.

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