Jeff Sessions forced out after months of Trump abuse over Mueller probe

Jeff Sessions forced out after months of Trump abuse over Mueller probe

Richard Blumenthal said President Donald Trump's firing of Attorney General Jeff Sessions is a "break the glass moment".

Trump's relationship with Sessions frayed just weeks into his tenure, when he stepped aside from the Russian Federation investigation. The group also urged people to pressure Congress to protect the Mueller investigation. Schumer and Democrat Nancy Pelosi, who is likely to become House speaker next year, called on Whitaker to recuse himself, with Schumer citing "his previous comments advocating defunding and imposing limitations on the Mueller investigation".

That duty has belonged to Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who appointed Mueller and closely monitors his work.

In the House of Representatives, the senior Democrat on the Judiciary Committee - which Democrats will control from January - called for an investigation of Sessions' firing. The will also have the power to issue subpoenas.

"If the Democrats think they are going to waste Taxpayer Money investigating us at the House level, then we will likewise be forced to consider investigating them for all of the leaks of Classified Information, and much else, at the Senate level". The letter is signed by House Judiciary Committee Ranking Member Jerrold Nadler, House Intelligence Committee Ranking member Adam Schiff, House Oversight and Government Reform Ranking Member Elijah Cummings, and Senate Judiciary Committee Ranking Member Dianne Feinstein.

"Clearly, Attorney General Sessions doesn't have the confidence of the president".

In that scenario, Mueller's budget could be reduced "so low that his investigation grinds to nearly a halt", Whitaker said during an interview with CNN in July 2017 before he joined the Justice Department.

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Some Republicans appear to have shared the Democrats' concern over the future of the inquiry, which is being led by Special Counsel Robert Mueller.

Following Sessions' abrupt resignation on Wednesday, President Trump tweeted that Matthew Whitaker, chief of staff to Sessions, will become the acting attorney general.

The Justice Department has declined to answer whether ethics officials have been asked to review if Whitaker should recuse himself from the Mueller probe.

But Mitt Romney, the party's 2012 presidential nominee who was elected on Tuesday to the U.S. Senate from Utah, warned that Mueller's probe should not be affected by Sessions' departure.

"Well I don't know why he'd be recused".

"It should end, because it is very bad for the country", Trump told reporters. However, now that Sessions is gone, his acting replacement Matt Whitaker will oversee the investigation.

Sen. Lindsey Graham, who months ago warned Trump against firing Sessions, met with the President Thursday and said he had "confidence" Whitaker would do a professional job 'in this position'.

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