Could Trump sink the Russian Federation collusion probe?

Attorney General Jeff Sessions Alabama’s spectacular Senator … again

Attorney General Jeff Sessions Alabama’s spectacular Senator … again

Clovis, the 2016 Trump campaign national co-chairman, said in a May radio interview that he has been interviewed by the special counsel's team and had testified before the Mueller grand jury.

President Donald Trump announced Wednesday that Matthew Whitaker would be appointed acting US attorney general after Jeff Sessions resigned from the position just a day after the midterm elections.

Sessions - who bonded with Trump over their populist views on trade and immigration - became the first sitting senator to endorse Trump in February 2016 when he announced his support of the NY businessman's then-underdog campaign.

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

More alarmingly for Democrats, Mr Whitaker himself had outlined a specific way to stymie the Russian Federation probe.

The Justice Department did not directly answer whether Whitaker would assume control of Mueller's investigation, with spokeswoman Sarah Isgur Flores saying he would be "in charge of all matters under the purview of the Department of Justice".

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said Wednesday that "protecting Mueller and his investigation is paramount".

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Sessions had recused himself from Mueller's investigation, leaving oversight to Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein. "But when everybody sees what's going on in the Justice Department - I always put 'justice" now with quotes".

Gonzales, who was the attorney general in George W. Bush's administration from 2005 to 2007, said he doesn't know Whitaker, his qualifications or motivations, but there's a lot that calls into question his appointment.

"I'm profoundly concerned about it", he said. To dismiss a special counsel, the President has to order the attorney-general or, in the case of a recusal, the deputy attorney-general, to carry it out.

Any action by Mr Whitaker could potentially be challenged under the Vacancies Reform Act Trump used to appoint his acting attorney general.

In September, Trump said, "I don't have an attorney general". Why choose this person?'

NPR: "Jeff Sessions Forced Out As Attorney General After Constant Criticism From Trump" - "Jeff Sessions, the president's earliest and most fervent supporter in Congress, stepped down as attorney general Wednesday after brutal criticism from the president, bringing an abrupt end to his controversial tenure as the nation's top law enforcement officer".

The investigation is looking into United States allegations of Russian meddling in the election two years ago and any possible co-ordination between Russian and the Trump campaign, which the president denies. He was accused of dismissing several US attorneys in 2006 for politically partisan purposes.

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