Published: Fri, November 09, 2018

Fears for Russian Federation probe as Trump fires Jeff Sessions

Fears for Russian Federation probe as Trump fires Jeff Sessions

Whitaker told CNN in 2017 he could envision a situation where a new attorney general would "reduce (Mueller's) budget so low that his investigation grinds to nearly a halt". "He was always extremely highly thought of, and he still is".

"I don't know Matt Whitaker", Trump told reporters on Friday as he left the White House for a trip to Paris. When Sessions became attorney general, unusual was appointed in 2017 to temporarily fill the seat before a special election would take place, but the establishment-backed odd lost the subsequent Republican primary to Roy Moore.

Sessions became the first casualty of a cabinet shakeup that had been expected from Trump following the midterm elections on Tuesday.

On Friday morning Trump also insisted both that he "didn't know" Whitaker, a former U.S. attorney and Republican candidate in Iowa, and that he was "very highly thought of".

Whitaker's argument, a common one among Trump supporters, completely misses the point of what obstruction of justice is.

In fact, Trump has met with his handpicked appointee more than a dozen times.

"He looks like the kind of guy who sits at the head of a table", a source familiar with the matter said.

Even as he claimed on Friday not to know Whitaker, it was clear Trump maintained an affinity for him, praising his qualifications for the job as he insisted Whitaker was being unfairly maligned.

In firing Sessions Trump not only appears tough on disloyalty but he also activates his constitutional power to appoint an acting Attorney General who can sit for up to 210 days with being confirmed by the Senate.


Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein's appointment letter authorizing the special counsel investigation did not ban Mueller from investigating Trump's finances. It appears that Whitaker is now overseeing the Russian Federation probe.

"I didn't speak to Matt Whitaker about it".

"I see different people at different times going on shows".

Jeff Sessions, ousted as President Trump's attorney general this week, is contemplating a run for his old Alabama Senate seat in 2020 against Democratic Sen.

George Papadopoulos, Paul Manafort, Rick Gates and Michael Flynn have all been indicted by Mueller. Conway is the husband of the top White House aide Kellyanne Conway.

"This only comes up because anybody who works for me, they automatically do a number on", he said. But he also called him "smart" and "respected".

"I'm very anxious", said Nicole Lockett, waving an American flag. Whitaker's writings do not fall under that requirement in the White House's view, though by Thursday evening senior officials were growing uneasy about the negative press coverage of Whitaker's previous comments about Mueller.

Hurwitz said she feared that under Whitaker, the Department of Justice would continue its "assault on civil rights that Jeffrey Sessions was very much involved in".

Whitaker, 49, was Sessions' chief of staff since September 2017 and served as the US Attorney for the Southern District of Iowa from 2004 to 2009, CBS reported.

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