Democrats signal they want to investigate Jeff Sessions' ouster and replacement

Democrats signal they want to investigate Jeff Sessions' ouster and replacement

Just to review how we got here, last year, Jeff Sessions recused himself from any investigations into the 2016 campaign.

To this point, Trump has heeded advice not to directly interfere, though a new chapter in the relationship with the probe may have begun with the appointment of Matthew Whitaker as new acting attorney general.

Thanking Sessions for his service, Romney said that it was "imperative that the important work of the Justice Department continues, and that the Mueller investigation proceeds to its conclusion unimpeded". He accused it of overreach.

"Many experts view Trump's firing yesterday of Attorney Jeff Sessions as a potential obstruction of justice attempt", said organizers of the protest, including Democrats Abroad Vancouver.

CNN's Jim Acosta, who regularly spars with Trump and his spokeswoman Sarah Sanders, annoyed the president by asking if he'd demonised immigrants during the midterms election campaign and then went on to ask about the Russian Federation probe.

Congressional Democrats are calling on Whitaker to recuse himself because of comments he made before joining the Justice Department that were critical and skeptical of the probe.

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"I think it seems wildly inappropriate to most of us that the president would appoint someone who has such a strong opinion on an investigation on him", said Mindie Riley, a Bethlehem resident who helped organize the rally.

Sessions, 71, said in an undated letter to Trump: "At your request, I am submitting my resignation".

In the president's orbit, there remains some concern about his eldest son, Donald Trump Jr., though there are no outward indications that charges are imminent, according to a Republican close to the White House not authorized to speak publicly about private conversations. The group also urged people to pressure Congress to protect the Mueller investigation.

The protests kicked off Thursday night as media outlets began recirculating a 2017 interview Whitaker gave on "The David Webb Show" in which he argued that a USA president has the power to end any federal investigation without obstructing justice. US Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer shortly after the news broke said in a statement that Whitaker in his new role should recuse himself from overseeing Mueller's investigation. While he was in the US Senate, he was on the forefront of a number of very right-wing agendas covering a number of issues, from criminal justice to privatizing prisons to legitimizing police misconduct and abandoning any oversight in runaway police departments around the country. He was ostensibly fired the day after the midterm elections by President Trump.

Sessions, a Republican and former Alabama senator, has been the focus of public attacks by Trump, who criticized him for recusing himself from the Russian Federation investigation because of his role on the Trump campaign team before becoming attorney general.

"Calls for an independent counsel or commission to investigate allegations that Russian Federation tried to interfere with our elections ring hollow when similar calls for special counsels during the scandals of the Obama administration were dismissed out of hand by the same people making these demands now", Whitaker said. More than 20,000 people RSVP'd for the Manhattan march.

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