Published: Fri, November 09, 2018
Worldwide | By Jermaine Blake

Chris Christie being considered to replace Sessions as attorney general

Chris Christie being considered to replace Sessions as attorney general

According to a September report from the New York Times, Whitaker was in line to replace U.S. Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein when Rosenstein was reportedly considering resigning.

"I'm profoundly concerned about it", he said.

Trump announced Sessions' departure on Twitter.

Sessions, a 71-year-old former Republican senator from Alabama, was the first senator to endorse Trump's insurgent presidential campaign.

Following Sessions' abrupt resignation on Wednesday, President Trump tweeted that Matthew Whitaker, chief of staff to Sessions, will become the acting attorney general.

"During his almost two years running the Department of Justice, Sessions was the most important player in Trump's crackdown on immigration - an effort to reduce the number of mostly Hispanic migrants entering the United States, which the president dressed up as protecting the 'rule of law'".

Session was long criticized by Trump from recusing himself from the Russian Federation investigation.

There have been rumors that Graham was being considered for the attorney general job.

Installing Whitaker could clear the way for Trump to force out Mueller.

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"I think if you were to ask anyone with DOJ experience they would say 'Huh?"

"Interference with the special counsel's investigation would cause a constitutional crisis and undermine the rule of law".

The swift firing may have also been a way for Mr Trump to get ahead of any efforts from the newly-empowered Democrats to reopen the House intelligence committee's investigation into ties between Mr Trump's campaign team and Russian Federation.

"Attorney General Jefferson Sessions was a national disgrace, NORML hopes he finds the time during his retirement to seek treatment for his affliction of 1950's reefer madness", Erik Altieri, executive director of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws, said in a press release.

If he has found solid evidence, Mueller is not expected to indict the president, given the unsettled state of law on that course of action. He can also block Mr Mueller from subpoenaing Mr Trump or bringing an indictment, although he must notify Congress if he does so.

One reason Sessions endured months of taunting from Trump is that he believed he was protecting the integrity of the Justice Department and was trying to prevent the president from bringing in someone who would politicize it, according to a USA official who has worked with Sessions and frequently talked with him.

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

The ouster of Sessions ended a partnership that soured nearly from the start of the administration and degenerated into one of the most acrimonious public standoffs between a commander-in-chief and a senior Cabinet member in modern USA history.

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