Trump considering Christie, Bondi for attorney general

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Trump considering Christie, Bondi for attorney general

Republican Senator Lamar Alexander of Tennessee said Mueller's probe will continue to its end "because no new attorney general can be can be confirmed who will stop that investigation". A senior administration official tells the Washington Post that Whitaker, who met with Trump at least a dozen times, tended to smile and nod in agreement whenever the president complained about the Mueller investigation.

Christie served as a U.S. Attorney in New Jersey from 2002 to 2008 and then as the state's governor from 2010 to 2018.

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A Kremlin spokesman, Dmitry Peskov, on Thursday called Mueller's investigation a "headache" for USA authorities but said it "has nothing to do with us", and he declined to comment on Sessions' departure.

"For me, I saw the impact of marijuana on our border", he said, presumably referring to his time as a USA attorney.

On Wednesday, Jeff Sessions resigned as the country's chief law enforcement officer.

Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi is being considered by President Trump to become the next USA attorney general, two national news services are reporting.

Representative Jerry Nadler is in line to become the chairman of the Judiciary panel when Democrats take control of the House in January. He tweeted that "we will be holding people accountable".

Trump has long expressed frustration with Sessions over his recusal from the Justice Department's Russian Federation investigation. "Special Counsel Mueller must be allowed to complete his work without interference-regardless of who is AG".

Trump said he will nominate a permanent successor for Sessions at a later date.

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Whitaker was hired as a CNN legal commentator a year ago for several months, before leaving the role in September 2017 to head to the Justice Department as chief of staff to now-former Attorney General Jeff Sessions.

Sessions then had his letter, which was undated, delivered to the White House. He added, "Most importantly as my time as attorney-general, we have restored and upheld the rule of law", and thanked the president.

Trump announced the resignation and Whitaker's assignment on Twitter.

"Jeff Sessions for Senate in 2020!" We're filing FOIAs demanding answers about Sessions' replacement.

Trump repeatedly lamented that he would have never selected Sessions if he had known the attorney general would recuse himself. "I wanted to stay uninvolved". "And [to] put him in this position at Justice to me is somewhat confounding".

"I'm disappointed in the attorney general for many reasons", Trump told reporters in September. Chuck Schumer, said he should recuse himself because of his comments on the probe. Rep. "Clearly, Attorney General Sessions doesn't have the confidence of the president". Rosenstein has said that he sees no justification to dismiss Mueller. Trump has already fired James Comey, the FBI director originally overseeing the investigation.

"This president's Department of Justice has done a fine job breaking the back of the opioid crisis...prosecuting some doctors, pharmacists and nurses...shutting down the dark web...certainly putting it to the MS-13 gangs and prosecuting many violent criminals, trans-national criminals", she stated. The president has long regarded Whitaker as his eyes and ears inside a department that he considers an enemy institution. He is from Des Moines and attended the University of Iowa where he played football.

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

Christie is a longtime friend of President Trump's and endorsed him after dropping out of the 2016 presidential campaign.

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

"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", said the congressman. His recusal was one of his first public acts as attorney-general. Sessions, in Trump's mind, had betrayed that axiom.

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