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

Pauline Gross
November 10, 2018

Demonstrations are taking place in more than 1,000 USA cities and towns on Thursday evening-beginning at 5:00 PM (local time)-in response to President Donald Trump "installing a hack" to oversee the ongoing investigation of Special Counsel Robert Mueller.

Sessions has long faced criticism from Trump for recusing himself from Mueller's investigation of Russia's alleged meddling in the 2016 presidential election.

On Wednesday, Trump fired the attorney general, Jeff Sessions, and named Whitaker as his replacement at the justice department.

The first was, we have heard leading Democrats, and now many people around the country today, saying Whitaker has to recuse himself because he has clearly expressed he's already made up his mind about Mueller's investigation.

"Given his previous comments advocating defunding and imposing limitations on the Mueller investigation, Mr. Whitaker should recuse himself from its oversight for the duration of his time as acting attorney general", Schumer said via Twitter on Wednesday.

"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.

Of the scrutiny Whitaker is facing, Trump said: "It's a shame that no matter who I put in they go after".

Trump has repeatedly denied any collusion with Russian Federation, and describes Mueller's investigation as a "witch hunt".

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He also encouraged conservatives to foster what he believes would be counter-productive impeachment talk among Democrats. He and Pelosi, the Kentucky senator said, are "not unfamiliar" with one another as longtime leaders and colleagues.

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.

Here's a job for the Freedom of Information Act: Finding out whether Matthew Whitaker has sought guidance from Justice Department ethics and legal experts on how he should handle possible conflicts of interest in supervising the Mueller investigation. "He's the acting attorney general". "Matt Whitaker has a great reputation and that's what I wanted".

The rest reflects spending by Justice Department components in support of his investigation.

Any final report from the probe, which has been a work in progress, will be handed to Whitaker and it will be his decision whether to make it public, Reid reports. "We the people are the ultimate power in our democracy, and Donald Trump can't take that away from us". He said it would spark a "constitutional crisis" if Trump forced out Sessions as a "prelude" to ending or limiting Mueller's investigation. In fact, 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".

It's not clear whether his connections to Sam Clovis, who has been questioned in the Mueller probe, and with the president would be enough to force his recusal.

The President's comments are at odds with the relationship Trump has forged with Whitaker in recent months, even as his opinion of Sessions continued to sour.

"There's a disrespect for norms, a disrespect for the rule of law, and a disrespect for the conventions of society and politics", he said, adding that politicians needed to "rise above party" to confront Trump. Among them was U.S. Sen. He didn't state what those were, but in the past the White House has pointed to a dispute over fees at a Trump Virginia golf course that Mueller used to belong to.

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