Published: Fri, November 09, 2018
People | By Leon Thompson

Chris Christie floated as Sessions replacement after Trump installs 'acting' loyalist

Chris Christie floated as Sessions replacement after Trump installs 'acting' loyalist

"The firing of Sessions is widely viewed as a possible attempt to obstruct the ongoing special counsel investigation being conducted by the U.S. Department of Justice and headed by former FBI director Robert Mueller", said the organizers in a release.

CNN and CBS News, both quoting unnamed sources, say Bondi is among those who might replace Jeff Sessions, who was forced to resign on Wednesday. Trump said a permanent replacement will be nominated at a later date.

Asked Wednesday if Whitaker would take control of the probe, Justice Department spokeswoman Sarah Flores said Whitaker would be "in charge of all matters under the purview of the Department of Justice". However, it would be an immediate priority for Democratic investigations when they officially take control of the House in January.

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

Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi is being considered by President Trump to become the next USA attorney general, two national news services are reporting.

The departure was the culmination of a toxic relationship that frayed just weeks into Sessions' tenure, when he stepped aside from the Russia investigation because of his campaign advocacy and following the revelation that he had met twice in 2016 with the Russian ambassador to the U.S.

The Democrats, who won the House in the mid-terms, have vowed to protect it.

U.S. says 'closely following' on journalists held in Tanzania
South Africa's Department of International Relations and Cooperation (Dirco) said the two journalists are back in their hotel. We don't know why. "Details and reasons for the detention are still not clear".

"Why is the President making this change and who has authority over Special Counsel Mueller's investigation?"

Mr Whitaker expressed concerns over the investigation.

Watchdog group Citizens for Responsibility in Washington called on Whitaker to recuse himself from overseeing the Russian Federation probe.

If Mr Whitaker chose to fire Mueller, he would need to inform the special counsel in writing of the specific reason for his termination.

Sen. Lindsey Graham, who months ago warned Trump against firing Sessions, met with the President Thursday and said he had "confidence" Whitaker would do a professional job 'in this position'. But the former federal prosecutor went from being one of Trump's closest campaign advisers to an outcast. Kobach, who has built a national profile as an advocate of tough immigration laws, advised Trump's campaign and the White House on homeland security issues and has made enacting state policies against illegal immigration a cornerstone of his campaign for governor.

One reason Sessions endured months of taunting from Trump is that he believed he was protecting the integrity of the Justice Department and was trying to prevent the president from bringing in someone who would politicize it, according to a US official who has worked with Sessions and frequently talked with him.

-With assistance from Steven T. Dennis.

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