Russia probe 'under threat' after Sessions fired

Evarado Alatorre
Noviembre 9, 2018

Mr Trump appointed Matthew Whitaker, formerly Mr Sessions' chief of staff, as acting attorney general under the US Vacancies Reform Act, which lays out general rules for temporarily filling vacant executive branch positions.

Lamar Alexander, Republican senator for Tennessee, also issued a warning from the Republican side, saying that the Senate will not confirm a successor to Sessions who would stop the Russian Federation investigation. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said that "protecting Mueller and his investigation is paramount".

Among his other qualifications for the job, interim replacement Matt Whitaker has said that the probe has "gone too far", and could be easily obstructed if only the Justice Department were controlled by a partisan loyalist willing to choke funds and seal records at the president's direction.

Democratic Representative Jerrold Nadler, who is in line to become chairman of the House Judiciary Committee in January, said it is "wholly inappropriate" for Whitaker to take over the Mueller probe and that Rosenstein should continue overseeing it.

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein had been overseeing the investigation, but Sessions' sudden ouster Wednesday means that baton passes to Whitaker. President Trump forced Sessions out as the nation's chief law enforcement officer on Wednesday, one day after Democrats captured the House in the midterm elections.

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The senator said he found the timing of Sessions' departure "very suspect" and suggested it would cause a "constitutional crisis" if Trump made the move as a "prelude" to limiting the Russian Federation investigation. The group also urged people to pressure Congress to protect the Mueller investigation.

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Senate Judiciary Committee Ranking Member Dianne Feinstein has also sent letters to top officials in the Trump administration demanding the preservation of all documents and materials related to the special counsel.

That is true with the Mueller investigation, and I think in terms of the prior comments of Mr. Whitaker, they need to be examined, and then there's a process within the Justice Department, with consultation with the ethics officials, to see whether or not it requires recusals. But the former federal prosecutor went from being one of Trump's closest campaign advisers to an outcast.

"So with deference and respect to what the president's trying to do - he has every right to want whoever he wants to run the Justice Department - he has chosen someone who does not qualify under the law to be the acting attorney general of the United States", Napolitano said.

Politico noted that Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach and Sen.

Russian Federation denies meddling in the election, and Trump denies any "collusion" with Russian Federation.

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