Democrats Seek Hearing on Trump's Ouster of Sessions

Cheryl Sanders
November 9, 2018

Progressive groups hastily organized the marches after President Donald Trump fired Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Wednesday and named Matt Whitaker as his acting replacement. "Even in victory, we know that a constitutional crisis looms as Trump gets ready to fire (Rod) Rosenstein and Mueller". Acting consistent with these experts' advice would make clear that Whitaker takes his responsibilities as attorney general seriously and intends to act in a fashion consistent with both the law and the Department's long-standing ethical and professional standards. Campaign efforts include ending the Iraq war and combatting gun violence by ending politicians' affiliation with the NRA, but since 2016 the organization says it has been "a pillar of the Resistance to Trump".

The rushed appointment "is unconstitutional".

On Friday morning Trump also insisted both that he "didn't know" Whitaker, a former USA attorney and Republican candidate in Iowa, and that he was "very highly thought of".

It will be linked to similar "massive "emergency" protests" in Toronto and Victoria as well as some 900 other cities across North America, according to organizers. "No matter who I put in, they go after him", he said.

Fitzpatrick called Trump's actions "about the most crooked-looking thing imaginable". "He said it should be shut down".

The rest reflects spending by Justice Department components in support of his investigation.

Nevertheless he appealed to Republicans not "beholden" to Donald Trump to reign in any attempt to fire Mueller.

Several Republicans expressed concern about Whitaker taking over the Russian Federation probe. Shortly after, the White House took the extremely rare measure of revoking Acosta's press pass. Conway is the husband of the top White House aide Kellyanne Conway.

Trump bristled Friday at a question about George Conway, snapping back, "You mean, Mr. Kellyanne Conway?"

"It is time for order Mueller to limit the scope of his investigation to the four corners of the order appointing him special counsel", Whitaker wrote.

He called the Mueller probe a "phoney hoax" and a "Russian hoax" before repeating his denial of any collusion to get him elected in the 2016 presidential election. The president has claimed - without evidence - there are "conflicts" that needed to be addressed.

The Justice Department has declined to answer whether ethics officials have been asked to review whether Whitaker should recuse himself from the Mueller probe.

Those actions could involve seeking new indictments from a grand jury or a subpoena forcing Trump to sit for an interview.

Mueller could seek to challenge his own firing if he felt Whitaker lacked the good cause required by the special counsel regulation, said Ohlin.

In the House of Representatives, the senior Democrat on the Intelligence Committee - which Democrats will control from January - sounded the alarm.

"The president's entitled to an attorney general he has faith in, somebody that's qualified for the job, and I think there will come a time, sooner rather than later, where it will be time to have a new face and a fresh voice at the Department of Justice", Senator Lindsey Graham of SC, who may be in line to head the Judiciary Committee next year, told reporters in August.

Republicans, with a handful of exceptions, have so far remained silent.

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