As Sessions ousted, SC protesters to join nationwide call for Mueller protections

Evarado Alatorre
Noviembre 9, 2018

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.

"The firing of Attorney General Jeff Sessions fits a clear pattern of interference from President Donald Trump in the work of the Department of Justice and the ongoing criminal investigation being conducted by Special Counsel Robert Mueller", he said in a statement.

Marijuana reform advocates have generally applauded the announcement of Sessions' resignation, as the now former attorney general has a long history of demeaning cannabis consumers, disregarding research about the benefits of medical marijuana, and upholding federal prohibition.

"Many experts view Trump's firing yesterday of Attorney Jeff Sessions as a potential obstruction of justice attempt", said organizers of the protest, including Democrats Abroad Vancouver.

The president can not directly fire the special counsel.

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.

But that love dried up as soon as reporters began asking questions that Trump found offensive.

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

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Mueller has likely gathered thousands of hours of interviews and sworn testimony, including from some former top lieutenants of Trump who agreed to testify in exchange for lighter sentences in their own cases. Shortly after, the White House took the extremely rare measure of revoking Acosta's press pass. Christie served as the head of the presidential transition team for several months before being replaced Vice President Mike Pence shortly after Trump's upset victory.

The swift firing may have also been a way for Mr Trump to get ahead of any efforts from the newly-empowered Democrats to reopen the House intelligence committee's investigation into ties between Mr Trump's campaign team and Russian Federation.

"It was supposed to be on collusion".

Separately, Justice Department prosecutors in NY secured a guilty plea from Trump's former personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, who said the president directed him to arrange hush money payments before the 2016 election to two women who said they had sex with Trump. They went after people with loans and other things. An infuriated Trump responded by repeatedly and publicly seeking to humiliate Sessions.

Whitaker has made no public comment since being named, but he has previously shown distinct scepticism about the probe, including calling for its scope to be curtailed.

Through his CNN role, where he was deeply critical of the Mueller probe, Whitaker got to know Trump, who saw him on TV and later met in person.

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 added that if the firing of Mr Sessions is not immediately investigated, the Democratic Congress would make it a priority when it is sworn in in January.

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