Dems Vow to Probe Sessions' Resignation, Demand Whitaker Recusal

Jeff Sessions resigns as attorney general at Trump's request

BREAKING: Attorney General Jeff Sessions resigns at President Trump’s request

"So I could see a scenario where Jeff Sessions is replaced ... and that (new) attorney-general doesn't fire Bob Mueller but he just reduces his budget to so low that his investigations grinds to nearly a halt", Mr Whitaker said in a CNN interview in July 2017.

To Trump's unrelenting ire, Sessions was unable to rein in Mueller's expansive probe into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election and whether the president obstructed justice, given Sessions' decision to recuse himself from the probe in March 2017.

In his tweet, Trump said: "We thank Attorney General Jeff Sessions for his service, and wish him well!"

Trump and Whitaker personally discussed the prospect of his replacing Sessions just last month, according to The Washington Post.

Keep checking the WSAZ App and for the latest information. Trump, who reportedly referred to Sessions as "Mr. Magoo", did not like the fact that Sessions recused himself from Robert Mueller's Russian Federation probe after consulting with DOJ ethics officials.

"The acting attorney general is in charge of all matters under the purview of the Department of Justice", said department spokeswoman Sarah Isgur Flores.

"I could fire everybody right now, but I don't want to stop it because politically I don't like stopping it", Mr Trump told a White House news conference.

And Sen. Elizabeth Warren tweeted that Trump's firing of Sessions "brings us one step closer to a constitutional crisis", while also calling for Congressional action.

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And in August 2017, Mr. Whitaker used his personal Twitter account to promote an op-ed by another lawyer that calls the Mueller probe "a lynch mob".

The senator also tweeted that the president's forceful resignation of Sessions means he "has something to hide".

The top Democrat on the House oversight committee says Congress should investigate "the real reason" for the "termination" of Attorney General Jeff Sessions.

In his resignation letter, Sessions said that he was submitting his resignation "at your request", which is essentially another way of saying he was terminated.

A replacement for Mr Mueller though would have no such constraints, potentially allowing Mr Trump to hamstring the investigators. Today, after a brutal midterm beating and facing the prospect of a dump of damaging indictments from the Mueller camp, the White House has asked for and received a resignation from Jeff Sessions.

"I don't have an attorney general".

A Justice Department official said Whitaker would assume authority over Mueller's investigation. He later lost a Republican primary race against Roy Moore, who went on to be defeated by Democrat Doug Jones.

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