"Under Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker, it is imperative that the important work of the Justice Department continues, and that the Mueller investigation proceeds to its conclusion unimpeded", he said on Twitter. Sessions and President Trump have had a contentious relationship nearly from the start of the administration, and the attorney general's reluctance to crack down on legal cannabis states could theoretically be attributed, in part, to that dynamic.
"I could fire everybody right now, but I don't want to stop it because, politically, I don't like stopping it".
The next month, Whitaker wrote an op-ed posted on CNN's website in which he argued that Mueller's investigation appeared to be going too far and may constitute a "witch hunt", echoing one of Trump's favorite descriptions to criticize and discredit the probe.
"At your request, I am submitting my resignation", Mr Sessions said in the first line of a letter released by the Department of Justice. Winning confirmation in the Senate may become easier because Republicans gained seats in Tuesday's midterm elections.
Donald Trump emerged from midterm elections promising cooperation only to plunge Washington into turmoil on Thursday (Nov 8) over suspicions that he's trying to kill the Russian Federation collusion probe and an extraordinary intensification of his war with journalists.
The new acting attorney general, Whitaker will assume the duties and responsibilities fulfilled by Sessions. One of those offices, in NY, is leading an investigation involving the president's former personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, and hush money payments Cohen says he made to two women who say they had sex with Trump.
And separately, in July 2017, Whitaker told CNN, "I could see a scenario where Jeff Sessions is replaced with a recess appointment, and that attorney general doesn't fire Bob Mueller, but he just reduces his budget to so low that his investigation grinds to nearly a halt". According to Conway, this come in violation of the Constitution's appointments clause.
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"Mr. Whitaker's installation makes a mockery of our Constitution and our founders" ideals, ' the men wrote.
In an effort to raise Hell about the forced resignation of Jeff Sessions and what it might mean for the Mueller investigation, Boston is joining nationwide protests Thursday with a 5 p.m. rally on Boston Common.
"Trump's actions are being compared with those of U.S. President Richard Nixon in one of the most controversial episodes of the Watergate scandal, the Saturday Night Massacre", said organizers. The moment the Democrats clinched the required 23 seats to retake the lower chamber; they were readying the various probes into this presidency-and the left wing harassment of this administration is about to begin.
Counselor to the president Kellyanne Conway suggested on Thursday morning that the question of whether Whitaker will recuse himself is absurd. Others held signs saying things such as, "Protect Mueller", "Trump is not above the law", and "Whitaker must recuse".
In an op-ed in August previous year he publicly urged Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein - who oversees the probe - to "limit the scope of his investigation to the four corners of the order appointing him special counsel".
A spokeswoman for the Justice Department said that the acting attorney general - meaning Whitaker - is in charge of "all matters" within the department, including the Russian Federation probe. The next attorney general could enjoy some more flexibility when it comes to enforcing federal marijuana laws.