Will Mueller Be Fired by Acting Attorney General Whitaker?

09 November, 2018, 03:11 | Author: Myra Gill
  • US Attorney General Jeff Sessions, said he was resigning at the request of US President Donald Trump on Nov 7 2018

The Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (Crew) watchdog group called on Congress to protect Mr Mueller's job and investigation, saying in a statement: "So far they have refused, because congressional leaders did not believe there was an immediate threat".

Whitaker then turned to the Justice Department's marijuana policy under Obama's attorney general, Eric Holder.

The midterm elections saw the Democrats win control of the lower house of Congress for the first time in eight years, meaning Trump will finally face an opposition that has teeth. Sessions and President Trump have had a contentious relationship nearly from the start of the administration, and the attorney general's reluctance to crack down on legal cannabis states could theoretically be attributed, in part, to that dynamic.

"Since the day I was honored to be sworn in as attorney general of the United States, I came to work at the Department of Justice every day determined to do my duty and serve my country", Sessions wrote.

The sacking followed months of Mr Trump criticising Mr Sessions, mainly for his decision to step aside from the Russian Federation inquiry in March 2017.

He once opined about a situation in which Trump could fire Sessions and then appoint an acting attorney general who could stifle the funding of Mueller's probe.

It was Clovis, no stranger to TV and radio himself, who encouraged Whitaker to get a regular commentary gig on cable television to get President Donald Trump's attention, according to friends who Whitaker told at the time. He was a vocal critic of Mr Mueller, arguing in an op-ed for CNN past year that the probe should not go into the finances of Mr Trump and his family members.

Nadler says he wants to know why Trump is making the change and "who has authority over Special Counsel Mueller's investigation?"

The president deflected questions about Sessions' expected departure at a White House news conference Wednesday.


Rosenstein remains at the department and could still be involved in oversight. He has previously said that he saw no basis for firing Mueller. Trump said Wednesday that he did not plan to stop the investigation. Rosenstein has said that he sees no justification to dismiss Mueller.

That left Whitaker in charge, at least for now, though Democrats, including Rep. Nancy Pelosi and Sen.

Whitaker, a former USA attorney from Iowa who twice ran unsuccessfully for statewide office and founded a law firm with other Republican Party activists, once opined about a scenario in which Trump could fire Sessions and then appoint an acting attorney general who could stifle the funding of Mueller's probe.

"As the attorney general has repeatedly said, she has not yet made a decision as to what she will do next", Bondi spokesman Whitney Ray said in an email to CNN.

He recused himself from overseeing the Justice Department investigation in March 2017, after revelations that he had failed to report encounters with Ambassador Sergey Kislyak of Russian Federation during the 2016 campaign.

He warned that there would be consequences if Mr Trump is determined to have fired Mr Sessions in order to subvert the rule of law and obstruct justice.

Trump's falling out with Sessions was remarkable, considering the pivotal and trusted role the Alabama Republican played for Trump during the campaign.

Sessions took the lead in imposing Trump's travel ban targeting a number of mostly Muslim nations, canceling the so-called Dreamer program that let the children of undocumented immigrants remain in the USA and forcing the separation of migrant families as part of a border crossing crackdown.

Buzzfeed reporter Joe Bernstein is reporting that he asked an unnamed "political operative with the White House's ear if Kobach for AG is likely".

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