New Acting Attorney General is a GOP Loyalist from Iowa

Elias Hubbard
November 9, 2018

Protesters believe Sessions' resignation will lead to the undoing of Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into alleged collusion between Russian Federation and the Trump presidential campaign.

Both Senate minority leader Chuck Schumer and the expected House majority leader, Nancy Pelosi, want Whitaker to recuse himself from overseeing the Mueller investigation.

During a brief stint past year as a conservative legal commentator on CNN, Whitaker often appeared as a Trump defender, saying he saw no evidence the president colluded with Russians during the 2016 campaign or obstructed justice.

But the key collusion and obstruction questions that underpin the investigation remain unanswered, and a grand jury in Washington continues to hear evidence about Trump confidant Roger Stone.

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.

The midterm elections saw the Democrats win control of the lower house of Congress for the first time in eight years, meaning that from January onwards Trump will finally face an opposition that has teeth.

Instead, the congressman said, the fact Sessions "followed the rules and simply was not involved at all in overseeing the Mueller probe was grounds for this rather long-awaited firing, and all of the public berating that went along with it".

He also once tweeted a prosecutor's opinion piece that described the Mueller team as a "lynch mob", and wrote his own op-ed saying Mueller would be outside his authority if he investigated Trump's family finances.

That investigation is now being lead by former FBI director Robert Mueller, who was appointed by Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein and has overseen the probe's work.

Under the Federal Vacancies Reform Act, Whitaker can serve 210 days without Senate confirmation before the president nominates a permanent attorney general.

The investigation until now has been overseen by Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who appointed Mueller past year and granted him fairly broad authority.

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) once vowed that there would be "holy hell to pay" if President Donald Trump ever fired Attorney General Jeff Sessions.

Mr Sessions removed himself from the probe after Democrats accused him of failing to disclose contacts he had had with the Russian ambassador as a senior adviser to Mr Trump's campaign.

Several hundred demonstrators, some carrying signs of "Trump is not above the law" and "You can't fire the truth", gathered outside the White House and in Lafayette Park, just north of the White House, in Washington, Nov. 8, 2018.

But there has also been speculation Mr Trump could try to kill or suppress the 18 month-old probe, pressing his view that Mr Mueller leads a team staffed by Democrats operating under an illegal mandate. Tuesday's outcome effectively kickstarted the 2020 Presidential campaign in a country that is on a perpetual election cycle. But Mr Sessions's replacement will have the power to do so, or end the inquiry.

"Donald Trump may think he has the power to hire and fire whomever he pleases, but he can not take such action if it is determined that it is for the purposes of subverting the rule of law and obstructing justice", Nadler said in a statement. Christie visited the White House Thursday and met with Mr. Trump's son-in-law and top aide Jared Kushner, whose father he sent to prison while Christie was a US attorney.

-With assistance from Steven T. Dennis.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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