Thursday, 15 November, 2018

Richard Blumenthal: Trump firing Sessions is a 'break the glass moment'

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Ellis Copeland | 09 November, 2018, 04:14

CBS News has learned former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is being considered to replace Jeff Sessions as attorney general.

He also worked on an earlier campaign in Iowa for one of Trump's presidential campaign leaders, Sam Clovis, who has figured in the Russian Federation investigation.

That drew criticism from Democrats because Whitaker, who would now take over responsibility for overseeing Mueller and his investigation, has been critical of the Mueller probe, saying it should be scaled back.

The latest indication of the fury came Wednesday when he forced out his attorney general, Jeff Sessions, whose recusal opened the door to Mueller's appointment. Rosenstein was at the center of a recent controversy after it was reported that in the spring of 2017 he raised the idea of Cabinet members invoking the 25th amendment to remove the president and suggested that he should secretly record Trump.

He called on Whitaker to recuse himself from the Russian Federation probe because of previous comments about the investigation, echoing calls from other top Democrats.

That's because Sessions had recused himself, calling it inappropriate that he lead an inquiry into Trump's 2016 presidential campaign of which he was a part.

In attacks delivered on Twitter, in person and in interviews, Trump called Sessions weak and beleaguered, complained that he wasn't more aggressively pursuing allegations of corruption against Democratic rival Hillary Clinton and called it "disgraceful" that Sessions wasn't more serious in scrutinizing the origins of the Russian Federation investigation for possible law enforcement bias - even though the attorney general did ask the Justice Department's inspector general to look into those claims.

Republican Mitt Romney, the party's 2012 presidential nominee who was elected on Tuesday to the US Senate from Utah, also said Mueller's probe should not be affected by Sessions' departure.

Some Democrats also considered Sessions too eager to do Trump's bidding and overly receptive to his grievances.

CNN reporter loses White House access
Acosta had challenged the president on his characterization of the migrant caravan moving through Mexico as an "invasion". CNN's reporters, namely Acosta, have been frequently seen on the front lines of the White House's tense press briefings.


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That included selling players' image rights to an external company, therefore writing off that cost from their accounts. Taking that further, it is declared that 'Fordham was merely a vehicle for hidden capital injections from Abu Dhabi'.


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Witnesses say a man fired several shots from a handgun before throwing smoke bombs into the crowded bar in southern California . Garo Kuredjian said at a news conference early Thursday that a sheriff's deputy was also shot and taken to a hospital.


The Mueller investigation has so far produced 32 criminal charges and four guilty pleas from Trump associates.

Whitaker likely could not block the new indictments, which could include Trump's son Donald Jr.

Sessions said in a letter to Trump that he had resigned at the president's request.

Sessions endured most of the name-calling in silence, though he did issue two public statements defending the department, including one in which he said he would serve "with integrity and honor" for as long as he was in the job.

"Donald Trump may think he has the power to hire and fire whomever he pleases, but he can not take such action if it is determined that it is for the purposes of subverting the rule of law and obstructing justice", Nadler said in a statement.

He also announced media leak crackdowns and tougher policies against opioids, and his Justice Department defended a since-abandoned administration policy that resulted in migrant parents being separated from their children at the border. Chuck Schumer, said he should recuse himself because of his comments on the probe. Rep. The recusal left the investigation in the hands of Rosenstein, who appointed Mueller two months later after Trump fired then-FBI Director James Comey.

Democratic Representative Jerrold Nadler, expected to chair the House Judiciary Committee starting in January, said removing Sessions fit Trump's pattern of interfering in the work of the Justice Department and Mueller.

The Democrats, who won the House in the mid-terms, have vowed to protect it. On Wednesday, the president tweeted that "a permanent replacement will be nominated at a later date".

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