Russian Federation probe 'under threat' after Sessions fired

US Attorney General Jeff Sessions Says Resigning At Trump's Request

US Attorney General Jeff Sessions Says Resigning At Trump's Request

Donald Trump emerged from midterm elections promising cooperation only to plunge Washington into turmoil Thursday over suspicions that he's trying to kill the Russian Federation collusion probe and an extraordinary intensification of his war with journalists.

In her tweet, Pelosi, who is likely to become House speaker under the new Democratic-controlled Congress, wrote that "It is impossible to read Attorney General Sessions' firing as anything other than another blatant attempt by Donald Trump to undermine & end Special Counsel Mueller's investigation".

Nadler also called for Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein to oversee Special Counsel Robert Mueller's probe rather than Whitaker, Sessions' former chief of staff. Whitaker claimed previous year that Mueller's investigation has gone "too far" and explicitly stated that a replacement for Sessions could cause Mueller's work to "grind to a halt" by reducing the special counsel's funding.

It could, but this would spark a constitutional crisis and is unlikely to happen. "That clearly creates an imperative for recusal by him and if not, action by the Congress".

But that love dried up as soon as reporters began asking questions that Trump found offensive. Shortly after, the White House took the extremely rare measure of revoking Acosta's press pass.

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Yet when Sessions got the boot on Wednesday ― his letter said he resigned at the president's request ― Graham offered a different message.

Comey at the time was leading the FBI's investigation of Russian election meddling, and his firing brought conjecture that Trump did so in order to thwart the probe. "There's no collusion", Trump said Wednesday. "They went after people with tax problems, from years ago. Had nothing to do with my campaign".

"(Whitaker) called it "Mueller's lynch mob" and he said the way to do it was to, in effect, deny funding, stifle it that way, or cut authority or disapprove indictments", Blumenthal said. Republican Senator Susan Collins of ME criticized Trump for stripping Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein of his role overseeing the probe. Sessions had held on to his job as the nation's top law enforcement officer despite frequent bursts of embarrassingly public criticism from Trump.

In piercing attacks, 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 examine those claims. Republicans still control the committee schedule until January, so Democrats can't schedule hearings on their own until then.

Republicans, however, have been mostly silent.

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