Monday, 19 November, 2018

Will Mueller Be Fired by Acting Attorney General Whitaker?

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Deanna Wagner | 09 November, 2018, 03:24

Sessions is departing as Mueller's Russian Federation investigation grinds on. They also want Congress to take steps to protect the special counsel's office.

Watchdog group Citizens for Responsibility in Washington called on Whitaker to recuse himself from overseeing the Russian Federation probe. He wrote previous year on CNN.com that Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein should limit the scope of Mueller's investigation to stop him from delving into Trump's finances.

When Democrats assume control of House committees next year, they will direct everything from the subject matter of investigations to the timing and substance of committee hearings. The will also have the power to issue subpoenas. The letter is signed by House Judiciary Committee Ranking Member Jerrold Nadler, House Intelligence Committee Ranking member Adam Schiff, House Oversight and Government Reform Ranking Member Elijah Cummings, and Senate Judiciary Committee Ranking Member Dianne Feinstein.

"The president is entitled to an attorney general he has faith in", he said.

Here is a look at how Whitaker might stop or slow the Mueller investigation and the risks he might run in doing so. Bob Goodlatte, demanding "emergency" hearings on Sessions' ouster and replacement with Whitaker.

If Mr Whitaker made a decision to fire Mueller, he would need to inform the special counsel in writing of the specific reason for his termination.

Several Republican senators including Mitt Romney, a former presidential candidate, said that the investigation led by Robert Mueller, the special counsel, must be allowed to reach its conclusion.

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"We are pleased to announce that Matthew G. Whitaker, Chief of Staff to Attorney General Jeff Sessions at the Department of Justice, will become our new Acting Attorney General of the United States".

Asked Wednesday if Whitaker would take control of the probe, Justice Department spokeswoman Sarah Flores said Whitaker would be "in charge of all matters under the purview of the Department of Justice".

"The firing of Sessions is widely viewed as a possible attempt to obstruct the ongoing special counsel investigation being conducted by the U.S. Department of Justice and headed by former FBI director Robert Mueller", said the organizers in a release.

"Well I don't know why he'd be recused".

But that love dried up as soon as reporters began asking questions that Trump found offensive.

Sessions' departure - although not entirely unanticipated - came just hours after the midterm elections. President Trump forced Sessions out as the nation's chief law enforcement officer on Wednesday, one day after Democrats captured the House in the midterm elections.

Spats between Trump and journalists can sometimes seem circus-like, but critics say the president's hot temper illustrates his deeper lack of respect for Washington norms - and allegedly for the law.