UPDATED: U.S. Attorney General Sessions Out, What Will Trump Do About Mueller

Thursday, November 08, 2018

 

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Trump his forced Sessions resignation

President Donald Trump has requested the resignation of U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions. Sessions has submitted a letter of resignation.

This sets of a series of questions about the implications of the change on Special Investigator Robert Mueller. White House Chief of Staff John Kelly asked Sessions for his resignation.

Trump has named Sessions' Chief of staff Matthew Whitaker acting Attorney General. 

Trump Tweeted:

We are pleased to announce that Matthew G. Whitaker, Chief of Staff to Attorney General Jeff Sessions at the Department of Justice, will become our new Acting Attorney General of the United States. He will serve our Country well........We thank Attorney General Jeff Sessions for his service, and wish him well! A permanent replacement will be nominated at a later date.

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Questions about Mueller's fate

“Dear Mr. President, at your request I am submitting my resignation,” Mr. Sessions said in his letter.

U.S. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) has Tweeted: 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.

A top Republican Senator, Lindsey Graham (R_SC) has Tweeted:

 

In August of 2017, Whitaker wrote an opinion piece for CNN that was critical of the Mueller investigation.

Matthew Whitaker is a CNN legal commentator and former US attorney who directs the Foundation for Accountability and Civic Trust (FACT), a conservative ethics watchdog group. He ran in the Republican primary for Iowa Senate in 2014. The views expressed in this commentary are solely those of the author.

(CNN) This article was originally published on August 6, 2017.

Last month, when President Donald Trump was asked by The New York Times if special counsel Robert Mueller would be crossing a line if he started investigating the finances of Trump and his family, the President said, "I think that's a violation. Look, this is about Russia."

The President is absolutely correct. Mueller has come up to a red line in the Russia 2016 election-meddling investigation that he is dangerously close to crossing. According to a CNN article, Mueller's investigators could be looking into financial records relating to the Trump Organization that are unrelated to the 2016 election. According to these reports, "sources described an investigation that has widened to focus on possible financial crimes, some unconnected to the 2016 election." The piece goes on to cite law enforcement sources who say non-Russia-related leads that "involve Trump associates" are being referred to the special counsel "to encourage subjects of the investigation to cooperate."

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