Jeff Sessions, ousted as President Trump's attorney general this week, is contemplating a run for his old Alabama Senate seat in 2020 against Democratic Sen. First, politically, it seems the only reason Trump wanted Sessions out was because back in 2017 he recused himself from overseeing the investigation into collusion with Russian Federation during the presidential election.
President Donald Trump distanced himself Friday from his new acting attorney general, Matthew Whitaker, whose past business ties and comments on the Russian Federation investigation and other topics have drawn scrutiny.
The President knew that he had played football and the tall, brawny former United States attorney fit the image Trump liked, according to people familiar with their conversations, far more than the diminutive Sessions, whom Trump mocked. But the end result was, by any measure, a foregone conclusion.
Robert Mueller should not be allowed to investigate Trump's finances.
Sessions announced his resignation in a letter to Trump, saying that the resignation came "at your request".
Boone said Graham's defense of Trump is "a far cry" from his 2017 promises.
"Based on my experience with Matt", said John Richter, a former U.S. Attorney in Oklahoma and high-ranking Bush administration Justice Department official, "I think he will act consistently with the best traditions of the department and call things as he sees them".
Critics worry Whitaker may be unlikely or unwilling to defend the investigation, given his history of partisanship and loyalty to Trump.
"I haven't even thought about it", Trump said. Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein has been overseeing it because of Sessions's recusal. Trump has blasted Federal Bureau of Investigation leadership as biased and said its reputation was in tatters after an Federal Bureau of Investigation agent was discovered sharing anti-Trump text messages.
"I'm profoundly concerned about it", he said.
While he still led the government ethics office, Shaub past year advised the Justice Department to require Sessions' recusal from the Mueller probe because Sessions had been a senior adviser to Trump during the election campaign.
President Donald Trump talks with reporters before departing for France on the South Lawn of the White House, Friday, Nov. 9, 2018, in Washington.
In firing Sessions Trump not only appears tough on disloyalty but he also activates his constitutional power to appoint an acting Attorney General who can sit for up to 210 days with being confirmed by the Senate. Nobody Is Above The Law said it wants Whitaker to recuse himself from supervising the investigation. He also added that the fact Comey did not prosecute Trump's chief political opponent was sufficient grounds for Trump to fire him.
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