Whitaker was campaign chairman for Mueller witness

Sergio Conner
November 9, 2018

The department confirmed he would be assuming oversight of the Mueller probe from Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein.

"During his almost two years running the Department of Justice, Sessions was the most important player in Trump's crackdown on immigration - an effort to reduce the number of mostly Hispanic migrants entering the United States, which the president dressed up as protecting the 'rule of law'".

Christie served as a U.S. Attorney in New Jersey from 2002 to 2008 and then as the state's governor from 2010 to 2018.

She said the investigation into alleged Russian Federation collusion has been winding down for weeks prior to Sessions stepping down.

He once opined about a situation in which Trump could fire Sessions and then appoint an acting attorney general who could stifle the funding of Mueller's probe.

The investigation has produced 32 criminal charges and guilty pleas from four former Trump aides.

Probably. Mueller has clearly pursued allegations that Trump criminally obstructed the Russian Federation probe, mainly by firing former Federal Bureau of Investigation chief James Comey in May 2017 - the move that led directly to Mueller's appointment. That's because, Trump said, he wanted the Secretary of State to join him in Washington.

"The president's entitled to an attorney general he has faith in, somebody that's qualified for the job, and I think there will come a time, sooner rather than later, where it will be time to have a new face and a fresh voice at the Department of Justice", Senator Lindsey Graham of SC, who may be in line to head the Judiciary Committee next year, told reporters in August.

The president deflected questions about Sessions' expected departure at a White House news conference Wednesday.

Could a Mueller firing be challenged on legal grounds? Trump said Wednesday that he did not plan to stop the investigation.

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

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"Attorney General Jefferson Sessions was a national disgrace, NORML hopes he finds the time during his retirement to seek treatment for his affliction of 1950's reefer madness", Erik Altieri, executive director of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws, said in a press release. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said that "protecting Mueller and his investigation is paramount".

Installing Whitaker could clear the way for Trump to force out Mueller. Jerry Nadler, the top Democrat on the House Judiciary Committee, said he wants "answers immediately" and "we will hold people accountable".

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

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".

Donald Trump with Mr Sessions in December a year ago.

He is a longtime friend of Trump and endorsed him after dropping out of the 2016 presidential campaign. "The notification to Congress is mostly about transparency".

But amid that controversy, Sessions sent the farewell message to Justice Department employees touting their work and accomplishments together.

Mr Trump has at various times belittled Mr Sessions as "beleaguered", "VERY weak", and "DISGRACEFUL".

Sessions, 71, has a long political history in Alabama.

Sessions, who likely suspected his ouster was imminent, was spotted by reporters giving some of his grandchildren a tour of the White House over the weekend.

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