Democrats Seek Hearing on Trump's Ouster of Sessions

Democrats Seek Hearing on Trump's Ouster of Sessions

"He would have to trump up some charges", Mr Ohlin said.

Sessions writes that it was "an incredible honor to work with people who day after day and year after year consistently exceeded expectations".

He served as the USA attorney in the state's southern district, was elected state attorney general in 1994 and then to the Senate in 1996. Schumer and Democrat Nancy Pelosi, who is likely to become House speaker next year, called on Whitaker to recuse himself, with Schumer citing "his previous comments advocating defunding and imposing limitations on the Mueller investigation".

A coalition of organizations nationwide has called for a rapid-response protocol, referred to by some of the groups as the "Trump is Not Above the Law" campaign, in which more than 400,000 people across more than 900 locations have pledged to protest under certain circumstances relating to special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Trump and Russian Federation.

There are still questions about Whitaker's ability to take over as Attorney General, due to the fact that he served as Session's chief of staff and was not confirmed by the Senate.

Conway was asked if President Donald Trump had instructed Whitaker to limit the Russian Federation investigation and said the "president hasn't instructed him to do anything" beyond serve as acting attorney general. The move superseded the regular order of succession which would have placed Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein the Acting AG role.

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Trump had repeatedly been talked out of firing Sessions until after the midterms, but he told confidants in recent weeks that he wanted Sessions out as soon as possible after the elections, according to a Republican close to the White House who was not authorized to publicly discuss private conversations.

Matt Whitaker has been named acting USA attorney general following the resignation of Attorney General Jeff Sessions.

A Kremlin spokesman, Dmitry Peskov, on Thursday called Mueller's investigation a "headache" for USA authorities but said it "has nothing to do with us", and he declined to comment on Sessions' departure.

Critics worry Whitaker may be unlikely or unwilling to defend the investigation, given his history of partisanship and loyalty to Trump. He was a George W. Bush loyalist - named a former USA attorney in Iowa under Bush - but like many others, he has become a big admirer of Trump along the way.

In a letter saying a constitutional crisis was looming, Democrats on the House Judiciary Committee demanded action from the committee's Republican Chairman Bob Goodlatte, as well as bipartisan legislation to protect Special Counsel Robert Mueller from any effort to stymie the probe.

The Justice Department has declined to answer whether ethics officials have been asked to review if Whitaker should recuse himself from the Mueller probe.

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