US Attorney-General Jeff Sessions fired by Donald Trump

Lester Mason
November 9, 2018

More alarmingly for Democrats, Mr Whitaker himself had outlined a specific way to stymie the Russian Federation probe.

Representative Jerry Nadler is in line to become the chairman of the Judiciary panel when Democrats take control of the House in January. "Special Counsel Mueller must be allowed to complete his work without interference-regardless of who is AG".

One of the exceptions, Senator Susan Collins, said non-interference in the Mueller probe was "imperative".

Democrats see this latest move as an attempt to do just that.

Sessions was replaced Wednesday by interim Attorney General Matthew Whitaker.

Congressional Democrats, concerned about protecting Mueller, called on Whitaker to recuse himself from overseeing the investigation in its final but potentially explosive stages. However, the publication cited anonymous sources, and added that it was not clear how serious the president was about the idea.

Trump's relationship with Sessions frayed just weeks into his tenure, when he stepped aside from the Russian Federation investigation.

He warned that there would be consequences if Mr Trump is determined to have fired Mr Sessions in order to subvert the rule of law and obstruct justice.

Trump repeatedly lamented that he would have never selected Sessions if he had known the attorney general would recuse himself.

There is some question whether Mr Sessions was sacked or resigned.

But Paul Rosenzweig, a former senior counsel to independent counsel Kenneth Starr, said he thought such a lawsuit would be unlikely to succeed because the US Supreme Court has said the president has wide latitude to fire executive branch officials.

"I am grateful to have served with people of your caliber and may God bless you and your families in all you do", Sessions wrote to colleagues.

Here is a look at how Whitaker might stop or slow the Mueller investigation and the risks he might run in doing so.

Mr Mueller could seek to challenge his own firing if he felt Whitaker lacked the good cause required by the special counsel regulation, said Mr Ohlin. Mueller has already spun off two cases like this.

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That's stepping into the unknown, however. The next attorney general could enjoy some more flexibility when it comes to enforcing federal marijuana laws.

Those would be half-measures and insurance policies to limit damage. 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.

There's some doubt about whether the president is right, but with the mid-terms behind him he could be itching to settle this Mueller business once and for all.

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