Jeff Sessions forced out after months of Trump abuse over Mueller probe

Jeff Sessions forced out after months of Trump abuse over Mueller probe

In addition to Sessions' ouster, Democrats are also interested in looking into Mr. Trump's tax returns, and worldwide business dealings.

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

"We thank Attorney General Jeff Sessions for his service, and wish him well!" Christie was initially considered as a contender for the attorney general position during the transition.

"So I could see a scenario where Jeff Sessions is replaced with a recess appointment", Whitaker said, "and that attorney general doesn't fire Bob Mueller, but he just reduces his budget to so low that his investigation grinds to nearly a halt".

Protesters are calling for Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker to recuse himself from overseeing the investigation, handing the reins back to Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, according to the statement.

Immediately after announcing the resignation, President Trump announced that the interim Attorney General will be Matthew Whitaker, a loyal Republican who, in an op-ed for CNN past year, wrote that he believed Mueller's investigation, which he called a "witch hunt", was going too far.

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.

Sessions' former chief of staff, Matt Whitaker, is now acting attorney general and has authority to oversee the remainder of the Russian Federation probe.

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Sessions departs as the nation's top law enforcement officer while Special Counsel Robert Mueller, operating under the auspices of the Justice Department, pursues a wide-ranging Russian Federation investigation that already has yielded a series of criminal charges against several of Trump's associates and has dogged his presidency.

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.

President Trump fired Jeff Sessions from his attorney general post yesterday.

Conway spoke to reporters at the White House on Thursday.

Peskov says Sessions' departure isn't something for the Kremlin to weigh in on. Eight guilty pleas have resulted so far, and one jury trial conviction. Mr Trump wrote on Wednesday.

Whitaker is a former US attorney from Iowa who founded a law firm with other Republican Party activists.

The Democrats said they also want the Justice Department to protect the integrity of Mueller's investigation and to preserve relevant documents. To dismiss a special counsel, the President has to order the attorney-general or, in the case of a recusal, the deputy attorney-general, to carry it out.

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