Thursday, 15 November, 2018

Protests to protect Robert Mueller planned nationwide after Jeff Sessions firing

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Ellis Copeland | 09 November, 2018, 04:29

The de facto firing, which came a day after Democrats gained control of the House of Representatives in the midterm elections, raised fears that President Donald Trump may be stepping up efforts to shut down the Russian Federation investigation that has dogged his presidency for months.

Bipartisan bills to protect Mueller from politically motivated removal have been introduced in the House and Senate. Previously he was a conservative legal commentator who was critical of the scope of Mueller's probe.

White House counselor Kellyanne Conway says the exit of Attorney General Jeff Sessions is "not a constitutional crisis".

"It is imperative that the Administration not impede the Mueller investigation", she tweeted.

In July 2017, he said during an interview on CNN that he could envision a scenario under which a temporary attorney general doesn't fire Mueller but rather "just reduces his budget to so low that his investigations grinds to nearly a halt".

A political analyst in the state predicted Sessions would run for the seat.

"The president's actions have plunged the country into peril", the Democrats added.

"I'm profoundly concerned about it", he said.

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In an abrupt change of personnel, President Donald Trump asked for Attorney General Jeff Sessions to resign on Wednesday, ending the pair's embattled working relationship after almost two years.

In pushing out his attorney-general, the President cast aside one of his earliest and strongest supporters.

The swift firing may have also been a way for Mr Trump to get ahead of any efforts from the newly-empowered Democrats to reopen the House intelligence committee's investigation into ties between Mr Trump's campaign team and Russian Federation. In addition to Trump Jr, targets could include former campaign consultant Roger Stone. Trump, who did not speak with Sessions himself, then ducked questions about Sessions' fate at the news conference. Chuck Schumer, said he should recuse himself because of his comments on the probe. Rep.

In July 2017 Mr Trump told the New York Times: "Sessions should have never recused himself, and if he was going to recuse himself, he should have told me before he took the job and I would have picked somebody else". Four former Trump campaign officials - including his onetime national security adviser Michael Flynn and campaign chairman Paul Manafort - are among those who have pleaded guilty.

Trump's running commentary criticizing Sessions and the Justice Department injected more turmoil into an agency that was still reeling from the president's firing of FBI Director James Comey in May 2017. And since Sessions technically resigned instead of forcing the White House to fire him, he opened the door under federal law to allowing the president to choose his successor instead of simply elevating Rosenstein, said University of Texas law professor Stephen Vladeck.

How many people will show up remains to be seen.

-With assistance from Steven T. Dennis.

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