Jeff Sessions’ Replacement Believes the Russia Investigation Is a ‘Witch Hunt’

Pauline Gross
November 9, 2018

Mr Sessions was technically Mr Mueller's boss, but recused himself from the probe to avoid any conflict of interest because he had been an adviser on Mr Trump's election campaign, a decision which led to him falling out of the President's good graces. "Special Counsel Mueller must be allowed to complete his work without interference-regardless of who is AG".

During Sessions' confirmation hearings, the former Alabama senator told the committee that he had never met with Russians during the course of the 2016 presidential election campaign. He was a vocal critic of Mr Mueller, arguing in an op-ed for CNN past year that the probe should not go into the finances of Mr Trump and his family members.

"In fact, Mr Whitaker told CNN a year ago that a future attorney general could limit Mueller by reducing the budget so low that his investigations grinds to nearly a halt".

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".

That drew criticism from Democrats in Congress because Whitaker, who would now take over responsibility for overseeing Mueller and his investigation, has been critical of the Mueller probe, saying it should be scaled back.

Trump is also mulling Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi, who is on her way out of office, as well as Trump personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani and former Attorney General William Barr, who served in President George H.W. Bush's administration. "Clearly, Attorney General Sessions doesn't have the confidence of the president".

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Mr Trump lost trust in his top law enforcement officer after Mr Sessions announced that he would step aside from the Russian Federation investigation previous year, and allow his deputy Rod Rosenstein to lead the politically-charged probe.

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Crucially, Mueller has, by offering reduced charges, gained cooperation from people who once worked close to Trump: Manafort, Cohen, former national security advisor Michael Flynn and former deputy campaign chairman Rick Gates.

"These are occurring as a way of expressing our concern about the actions President Trump took yesterday", said Ron Roe, an organizer.

By Thursday morning, more than 1,000 people said on a Facebook page for the event that they planned to attend, and more than 3,200 said they were interested.

Trump's running commentary criticizing Sessions and the Justice Department injected more turmoil into an agency that was still reeling from the president's firing of FBI Director James Comey in May 2017.

-With assistance from Steven T. Dennis.

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