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

Jeff Sessions steps down as US attorney general at Trump’s request

Jeff Sessions steps down as US attorney general at Trump’s request

McConnell said he thinks the president will "pretty quickly" send the Senate a nominee for a new attorney general.

President Trump, en route to Paris for the Armistice Day celebration, told reporters he's never spoken with controversial Acting Attorney General Matt Whitaker about special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation. He is now being replaced by Trump loyalist Matt Whitaker, who is constitutionally entitled to be acting Attorney General for 210 days without being confirmed by Congress. Maloney said Trump was "sidestepping the law" in an attempt to halt the investigation, which has resulted in "35 indictments".

An invite for the nationwide "Nobody Is Above the Law" rallies, which garnered over 21,000 RSVPs in NY, declared that "Donald Trump just crossed a red line, violating the independence of the investigation pursuing criminal charges in the Trump-Russia scandal and cover-up".

The rushed appointment "is unconstitutional".

With Whitaker able to hold the office for nine months without so much as a job interview, this means Trump's supporter will be in a position to wind down, and even completely defund, the Russian Federation investigation.

While Whitaker has made questionable comments that could create the appearance of a conflict of interest, there isn't an explicit conflict under Justice Department rules, as might arise if - for example - he had a family member under active investigation.

"Americans have to keep doing this until it changes", said Lynch. "He said it should be shut down".

Sessions was the first casualty of a cabinet shakeup that had been expected from Trump following the midterm elections.

On Thursday, a federal appeals court heard a challenge to Mueller's authority brought by Stone aide Andrew Miller, who defied a grand jury subpoena last summer and was held in contempt by a judge.

At a press conference Wednesday, Trump branded CNN reporter Jim Acosta an "enemy of the people" when he posed questions, including about the Russian Federation probe, and refused to give up the mic.

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The row, carried live on national TV networks, was followed by Trump issuing angry put-downs to several other reporters. You have to treat the White House with respect.

On Thursday, the Acosta incident entered even more weird territory when the White House was accused of tweeting a video doctored to make the reporter appear more aggressive in fending off the female press aide who tried to remove his mic.

President Donald Trump listens to a question during a news conference in the East Room of the White House, Nov. 7, 2018, in Washington.

Asked whether he wanted Mr Whitaker to "rein in" Mr Mueller, Mr Trump responded: "What a stupid question".

The Seattle protest was part of a nationwide effort in the planning for months in the event that Trump affected the Mueller investigation by firing Sessions.

But his departure was anticipated since early this year, after he endured withering and repeated criticism from the president over the legally troubled ban on Muslim travellers Trump sought when he came into office, and over the Mueller probe.

Even as he claimed on Friday not to know Whitaker, it was clear Trump maintained an affinity for him, praising his qualifications for the job as he insisted Whitaker was being unfairly maligned.

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 it is especially so in the case of Sessions, because he was the original Trump loyalist.

In the past, he has shown distinct skepticism about the probe, calling for its scope to be curtailed. "There is no other way to say it", she added.

"Every single Republican primary this cycle was about which candidate could support the president's agenda", said one Republican operative who has worked on Alabama campaigns.

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