Wednesday, 14 November, 2018

Protesters Rally to Protect Special Counsel's Investigation

US Attorney General Jeff Sessions Says Resigning At Trump's Request Trump ousts U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions, announces interim replacement
Ellis Copeland | 09 November, 2018, 07:33

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.

A furious US President Donald Trump on Wednesday fired his attorney general Jeff Sessions and threatened to retaliate with a "warlike posture" against the new Democratic House majority if it uses its subpoena power to launch investigations into his administration, signaling a precipitous deterioration in the domestic politics of the world's leading democracy. He wrote past year on CNN.com that Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein should limit the scope of Mueller's investigation to stop him from delving into Trump's finances.

Protesters gathered Thursday in cities from NY to California in a warning to the White House not to derail Robert Mueller's probe into Russian meddling in the 2016 US presidential election.

Russian Federation denies meddling in the election, and Trump denies any "collusion" with Russian Federation.

The sacking followed months of Mr Trump criticising Mr Sessions, mainly for his decision to step aside from the Russian Federation inquiry in March 2017. "That goes beyond the scope of the appointment of the special counsel."Beyond the Mueller investigation, Whitaker revealed himself to be a hardline conservative when he ran for the U.S. Senate in 2014 before eventually losing in a primary to Sen". Sessions had endured months of public abuse from Trump, who soured on Sessions because he recused himself from oversight of the Russian Federation investigation shortly after he arrived at the Justice Department.

U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced his resignation on Wednesday after unrelenting criticism from U.S. President Donald Trump over his recusal from an investigation into Russia's role in the 2016 presidential race.

"He worships him", a longtime friend said of Whitaker and Trump.

But Clark said there was no clear enforcement action, like a lawsuit, that could force Whitaker to recuse himself if he declined to follow the rule. "We are a democracy, we are all equal under the law".

Instead of appointing Rosenstein, the deputy attorney general, to fill Sessions' position in an acting capacity, Trump picked Matthew Whitaker.

USA exempts three Iranian nuclear sites from sanctions
Plans to link the port to the Iranian rail system, which connects to Afghanistan and on to Central Asia, featured in the U.S. State Department's decision. "We continue negotiations to get all of the nations to zero", said the Secretary of State.


Tamera Mowry-Housley and husband reveal niece killed in California mass shooting
Mowry-Housley's twin sister and former co-star, Tia Mowry , also sought information through social media posts early in the day. The gunman, who died at the scene, has now been identified as Ian David Long, a 28-year-old who served in the Marine Corps.


'Horrific Scene': 13 Dead Including Gunman at California Bar
Reports say the suspect may have used smoke grenades and at least one weapon, described as a semi-automatic handgun by witnesses. Dean said he did not know of the shooter's motive, and he did not know of any connection between Long and the Borderline bar .


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.

Good cause is a hard thing to show, especially since Mueller's actions were approved by the deputy attorney general, said Jens Ohlin, a professor of criminal law at Cornell Law School.

"I think Mr. Whitaker was a good pick", Graham said. Federal prosecutors have said in court papers that the case involves numerous "uncharged" third parties and have argued against disclosing search warrants and other documents that would "certainly result in a very public guessing game" about their identities. A court might then issue a temporary restraining order blocking his removal. The law was meant to address vacancies created by deaths or resignations, but it is not clear it also applies to those created by firings.

The president can not directly fire the special counsel.

There is some question whether Sessions was sacked or resigned.

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Sessions, a 71-year-old former Republican senator from Alabama, was the first senator to endorse Trump's insurgent presidential campaign.

The special counsel has also been investigating whether Mr Comey's firing amounted to obstruction of justice.

Warner said there are others in Trump's orbit like Roger Stone - a former Nixon confidante and political consultant - who have a "swirl" around them. "The notification to Congress is mostly about transparency".

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