Chris Christie Being Considered For Attorney General

09 November, 2018, 03:25 | Author: Sheila Harris
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Sessions resigned Wednesday - indicating he did so at Trump's request - and the President appointed Matthew Whitaker, Sessions' chief of staff, as the Acting Attorney General.

The switch, announced on Trump's Twitter feed, provoked instant consternation across Washington, where politicians from both sides of the aisle have long warned that political interference in Mueller's work can not be tolerated.

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

But Ms Clark said there was no clear enforcement action, like a lawsuit, that could force Mr Whitaker to recuse himself if he declined to follow the rule.

Nadler and other Democrats on the House Judiciary Committee also sent letters to Whitaker and the top Republican on the committee, retiring Rep.

However, with Republicans tightening their grip on the Senate, a magnanimous sounding Trump suggested that a divided Congress would provide opportunity for bipartisan cooperation - something in low supply in Washington. The undated letter was then sent to the White House.

"I wouldn't give this up for anything", Graham claimed he told the president.

Other protests against Trump in Vancouver have drawn crowds in the thousands. Protest organizers-a coalition that includes MoveOn, Rise and Resist, and PEN America-will demand that the House Judiciary Committee immediately begin hearings into the president for obstruction, and that the Senate establish a "Watergate-type Select Committee" to investigate Trump's ties with Russian Federation.

Thousand Oaks shooter named in second official statement
Dean said that the shooter had a handgun and that at this early stage in the investigation he believed he had only one gun. Ventura County Sherriff Geoff Dean described the scene inside the bar as "horrific" and said there was "blood everywhere".

There is some question whether Mr Sessions was sacked or resigned.

Whitaker, who has been a critic of the Russia probe, now has the power to fire Mueller or curb his investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential campaign.

Get more insight from Napolitano above. "There's no collusion", Trump said Wednesday.

And there are thousands and thousands of career officials, agents, and prosecutors who swore an oath to the Constitution, and I trust and have faith that they're going to - they're going to do their allegiance to that oath. "Had nothing to do with my campaign".

Whitaker has, however, argued for limitations on the investigation. Republican Senator Susan Collins of ME criticized Trump for stripping Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein of his role overseeing the probe. Trump has not interfered with it yet, despite repeatedly labelling it a "hoax" and a "witch-hunt". Previously he was a conservative legal commentator who was critical of the scope of Mueller's probe.

In 2017 he even used Trump's words, warning against Mueller engaging in a "witch hunt".

Nancy Pelosi, who leads Democrats in the House of Representatives, called the decision a "blatant attempt" to end or impede the investigation.

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