Questions over Mueller probe after Trump fires Sessions

09 November, 2018, 08:45 | Author: Rachel Logan
  • US Attorney General Jeff Sessions Says Resigning At Trump's Request

Several months ago, Republicans warned that were Trump to replace Sessions, the Senate might not get to a successor, but those admonitions have evaporated. "For months now I've been saying, after the election, if the president wants to change attorney generals (sic), he has every right to do so".

The investigation has produced 32 criminal charges, including guilty pleas from four former Trump associates. But the work is not done, and critical decisions await that could shape the remainder of Trump's presidency.

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 USA towards "fascism".

What does this mean for the Mueller probe?

And the department is expected to receive a confidential report of Mueller's findings, though it's unclear how much will be public.

"Many experts view Trump's firing yesterday of Attorney Jeff Sessions as a potential obstruction of justice attempt", said organizers of the protest, including Democrats Abroad Vancouver.

Although Trump maintained that the mid-term results were a vindication of his policies and claimed (correctly) that Republicans had lost less seats (around 35) in the House defeat than previous Democratic Presidents such as Obama and Clinton (who lost 50-60), the rage with which he went about attacking others, including Republicans who had parted ways with him, suggested he had taken the verdict badly.

Whitaker was virtually unknown to Sessions before becoming his chief of staff. The undated letter was then sent to the White House.

Even after he arrived at the Justice Department, Whitaker harbored frustration about the length of the special counsel probe and doubts about the scope of Mueller's authority, a person familiar with the matter said.

Rosenstein remains at the department and could still be involved in oversight.

"I am not concerned about anything with the Russian investigation, because it is a hoax", he said. "Mueller must be allowed to continue his successful work and Matt Whitaker must never be allowed to oversee it". Conway says that Rosenstein was at the White House Thursday and Friday.

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The special counsel has also been investigating whether Mr Comey's firing amounted to obstruction of justice.

"It seems like every time we get ahead, Trump breaks another rule", Ferdinandt said.

Sessions' chief of staff, Matthew Whitaker, will be acting attorney general, Trump said on Twitter.

"Committees will also be investigating Attorney General Sessions' departure".

Robert Mueller's investigation is probing allegations of Russian interference in the 2016 campaign.

The protests kicked off Thursday night as media outlets began recirculating a 2017 interview Whitaker gave on "The David Webb Show" in which he argued that a USA president has the power to end any federal investigation without obstructing justice. "The notification to Congress is mostly about transparency".

He had also pressed to reauthorize a controversial secret domestic spying program over the Justice Department's protests.

She went on to argue that, "given his record of threats to undermine and weaken the Russian Federation investigation", Mr Whitaker should follow in Mr Sessions' footsteps and recuse himself. He had frequently publicly castigated Sessions for recusing himself past year from the case.

"I just don't understand it because why invite this kind of criticism or scrutiny which you knew it was going to come because of the comments he's made earlier", said Gonzales.

"We'll see what happens over the next few days, but it is a concern because (Preisdent Donald Trump) obviously was unhappy with Jeff Sessions because of his recusal, but Jeff Sessions did what the law required him to do", King said in an interview at the school.

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