Trump fires Attorney General Jeff Sessions

Evarado Alatorre
Noviembre 9, 2018

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The bulk of Whitaker's relevant experience came when he served as US attorney for the Southern District of Iowa from 2004 until 2009, a position for which he was recommended by Iowa Republican Sen.

As part of Whitaker's new role as the head official at the Justice Department, he will oversee the Russian Federation probe and the agency's other federal investigations, including the NY prosecutors' look into the finances of Trump and his former aides.

The president may also decide to instruct Mr Whitaker to fire the entire Mueller team - something Mr Trump says he has the power to do.

Last November, Whitaker penned a CNN op-ed claiming that the Robert Mueller investigation was going too far by digging into the president's financial records.

She went on to argue that, "given his record of threats to undermine and weaken the Russian Federation investigation", Mr Whitaker should follow in Mr Sessions' footsteps and recuse himself.

Critics worry Whitaker may be unlikely or unwilling to defend the investigation, given his history of partisanship and loyalty to Trump.

"Acting AG Whitaker's hostility to the Special Counsel's investigation disqualifies him from overseeing Robert Mueller", Healey tweeted.

In addition, few analysts dismiss the possibility that, if stifled, the conclusions of the Mueller probe will leak into the public. Republican Senator Susan Collins of ME criticized Trump for stripping Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein of his role overseeing the probe.

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After the election, the governor declined to accept a position in President Trump's administration, citing his preference to remain in New Jersey until his term as governor was complete.

Despite Trump's criticism of the probe as a "witch-hunt", Sessions and Rosenstein both defended Mueller's integrity.

Even after he arrived at the Justice Department, Whitaker harbored frustration about the length of the special counsel probe and doubts about the scope of Mueller's authority, a person familiar with the matter said.

"He's political to his core", a friend said of Whitaker. Sessions said in a letter to Trump that he resigned at the president's request. "It would be laughable if it wasn't so serious as a threat to democracy".

One reason Sessions endured months of taunting from Trump is that he believed he was protecting the integrity of the Justice Department and was trying to prevent the president from bringing in someone who would politicize it, according to a USA official who has worked with Sessions and frequently talked with him. President George W. Bush appointed him as the USA attorney based in Des Moines in 2004. In 2008, he was part of a nationwide effort by the Justice Department to crackdown on fraud in the H1-B visa program for high-skilled immigrant workers.

After leaving the office of US attorney in 2009, Whitaker, along with Chris Hagenow and Bill Gustoff, founded the law firm Whitaker Hagenow & Gustoff LLP.

Whitaker's private legal career largely focused on white collar litigation.

"Mr. Whitaker's installation makes a mockery of our Constitution and our founders" ideals, ' the men wrote.

"Our politics plays into our law and our law plays into our politics", Gustoff said in an interview. After Pawlenty's bid fizzled, he served in the 2012 and 2016 presidential campaigns of Rick Perry, the former Texas governor who is now energy secretary.

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