Protests in North Alabama after Jeff Sessions forced to resign

Protests in North Alabama after Jeff Sessions forced to resign

Trump announced Sessions' departure on Twitter.

He also said the line of succession within the Justice Department does not include the chief of staff and the fact that someone in that position would be made acting attorney general is "very odd".

The senator said he found the timing of Sessions' departure "very suspect" and suggested it would cause a "constitutional crisis" if Trump made the move as a "prelude" to limiting the Russian Federation investigation.

The sacking followed months of Mr Trump criticising Mr Sessions, mainly for his decision to step aside from the Russian Federation inquiry in March 2017.

A replacement for Mr Mueller though would have no such constraints, potentially allowing Mr Trump to hamstring the investigators.

Nancy Pelosi, who leads Democrats in the House of Representatives, called the decision a "blatant attempt" to end or impede the investigation. And the department is expected to receive a confidential report of Mueller's findings, though it's unclear how much will be public. One of those offices, in NY, is leading an investigation involving the president's former personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, and hush money payments Cohen says he made to two women who say they had sex with Trump.

Barely have the results of the midterm elections sunk in than a new drama begins for Washington. "Cox clashed with the White House over Nixon's refusal to release Oval Office recordings, some of which implicated the president in the (Watergate hotel) break-in".

Will Mueller Be Fired by Acting Attorney General Whitaker?
Whitaker's views as an outside commentator before joining the government have been music to the ears of Trump and Republicans. Attorney General Elliot Richardson and his deputy William Ruckelshaus resigned rather than comply with Nixon's order.

Even after he arrived at the Justice Department, Whitaker harbored frustration about the length of the special counsel probe and doubts about the scope of Mueller's authority, a person familiar with the matter said.

Rosenstein remains at the department and could still be involved in oversight. "He would have to trump up some charges", Ohlin said. Sessions said in a letter to Trump that he resigned at the president's request.

Earlier, at a White House news conference, Trump said the Mueller investigation was not good for the United States. But its fate now depends on the acting Attorney General Matt Whitaker - who's been openly critical of the investigation.

CNN reports that Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi is also under consideration. The investigation is looking into U.S. allegations of Russian meddling in the election two years ago and any possible coordination between Russian and the Trump campaign, which the president denies. It was an older crowd, and many held signs deriding Trump or supporting Mueller.

But the relationship was irreparably damaged in March 2017 when Sessions, acknowledging previously undisclosed meetings with the Russian ambassador and citing his work as a campaign aide, recused himself from the Russia investigation.

Here is a look at how Whitaker might stop or slow the Mueller investigation and the risks he might run in doing so.

Mr Trump has vehemently denied any collusion took place, and repeatedly called for the inquiry to be shut down, calling it "the greatest political witch hunt in history".

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