Rumor: Donald Trump Considering Chris Christie for Attorney General

Lester Mason
Ноября 9, 2018

Republicans warned Trump a year ago against replacing Sessions, but some of that resistance appeared to break down by late August, when several key GOP senators signaled to Trump that he could find a new attorney general after the midterm elections.

Protests in at least 900 cities nationwide, aimed at protecting Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election, are planned for Thursday.

Mueller is said to be in the process of writing his "final report", which is sure to be incredibly hostile to the Trump administration and people close to the president.

And separately, in July 2017, Whitaker told CNN, "I could see a scenario where Jeff Sessions is replaced with a recess appointment, 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".

A look at the responsibilities of the Justice Department's top two leaders and the special counsel running the department's most consequential and politically sensitive investigation.

Rosenstein no longer will oversee the special counsel investigation.

"Americans must have answers immediately as to the reasoning behind" Trump's move to remove Sessions, he said.

He has also repeatedly criticized Mueller's Russian Federation investigation, which the Justice Department oversees, both in appearances as a CNN commentator and on Twitter.

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"There's a disrespect for norms, a disrespect for the rule of law, and a disrespect for the conventions of society and politics", he said, adding that politicians needed to "rise above party" to confront Trump. Whitaker has spoken critically about the Mueller probe and spoke in a TV interview about choking off its funding.

He managed a Senate campaign for Sam Clovis in Iowa, who later was nominated to join the Trump administration, ran Iowa for Trump, and was interviewed by Mueller's investigators. Whitaker is Sessions' former chief of staff.

Although Trump maintained that the mid-term results were a vindication of his policies and claimed (correctly) that Republicans had lost less seats (around 35) in the House defeat than previous Democratic Presidents such as Obama and Clinton (who lost 50-60), the rage with which he went about attacking others, including Republicans who had parted ways with him, suggested he had taken the verdict badly.

"I think Congress should regulate things that harm people, and that is the hard drugs and the like that dramatically hurt citizens, cause violent crime in our communities, and those should be regulated", he said.

If Mr Mueller files a report detailing his conclusions, the new acting attorney general could keep the document from ever becoming public.

Earlier on Wednesday, Mr Trump denied he would shut down Mr Mueller's team, but still labelled the investigation an illegal "witch hunt" that had spent "millions" of dollars. That would give him authority over funding and allow him to make critical decisions such as signing off on charges and determining whether Trump should be subpoenaed. 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.

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

"He wants a political crony to protect him from the investigation of his own campaign", she said. Another person said that remained true ever after Whitaker took his place.

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