Wednesday, 14 November, 2018

Donald Trump fires US Attorney General Jeff Sessions

Fears for Russia probe as Trump fires Jeff Sessions Whitaker was campaign chairman for Mueller witness
Ellis Copeland | 10 November, 2018, 02:42

"When this happened yesterday, people started mobilizing very quickly", said Margaret Foley, the communications director for Nasty Women Get Shit Done PDX.

Two days after he hired a transparent political hack to run the Justice Department, President Trump has failed to come up with a remotely plausible cover story.

Meanwhile, a New York Times op-ed published Thursday claims that Trump's appointment of Matthew Whitaker as new acting attorney general is unconstitutional. Sessions' chief of staff Matthew Whitaker was asked to take the helm of the Justice Department until a new Attorney General is confirmed by the Senate.

Activists across the Bay Area Thursday evening were protesting President Donald Trump's replacement of his attorney general after embattled former Attorney General Jeff Sessions resigned on Wednesday.

The president also castigated CNN reporter Abby Phillip for asking if he wanted Whitaker to "rein in" the special counsel.

When posting the joint letter on Twitter, Maura Healey, Attorney General of MA, said that Whitaker's "hostility to the Special Councel's investigation disqualifies him from overseeing Robort Muller". Mueller's work has been overseen by the deputy attorney general, Rod Rosenstein.

After Democrats won control of the House in the midterms, Trump appears to be setting up the pieces to undermine Robert Mueller's special investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.

Kim Kardashian Forced to Evacuate Home Due to Wildfires in Calabasas
Thousands of residents were forced to evacuate as firefighters worked to contain the blazes. Alyssa Milano tweeted that she and her family also had to evacuate.


Fly Jamaica Makes Emergency Landing In Guyana - Six Injured
When the plane landed, the pilots had trouble stopping it and it eventually came to a halt at the end of the runway. The flight was departing from Georgetown, Guyana at 2am local time and was meant to land in Toronto, Canada .


Democrats Seek Hearing on Trump's Ouster of Sessions
That could politically immobilize the president, even if the Republican-majority Senate protects the President from removal. George Papadopoulos, Paul Manafort, Rick Gates and Michael Flynn have all been indicted by Mueller.


Though the call-to-action was quick, the organization had been building an arsenal of demonstrators for the possibility of Trump ending the investigation for a year.

What does this all mean for the investigation being led by Special Counsel Robert Mueller, and what can we expect going forward? "Matt Whitaker worked for Jeff Sessions, and he was always extremely highly well thought of, and he still is, but I didn't know Matt Whitaker".

For almost 18 months, Rosenstein has overseen the special counsel's investigation into Russia's interference in the 2016 election because Sessions had stepped aside from all matters related to the presidential campaign.

"It's not necessary. The Mueller investigation is not under threat", McConnell told reporters.

Earlier Wednesday Trump denied he would shut down Mueller's team, but still labelled the investigation an illegal "witch hunt" that had spent "millions" of dollars. In Naperville, their hastily sketched signs proclaimed messages like "Let Mueller do his job", "Defend the constitution", "Let justice be served", and "Nobody is above the law".

"I am not concerned about anything with the Russian investigation, because it is a hoax", he said.

Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) says there's no need for concern.

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