Schumer says new AG must protect Mueller probe

Schumer says new AG must protect Mueller probe

U.S. Attorney General has submitted his resignation to Donald Trump, at the president's request. He took credit for reversing a recent rise in violent crime and for taking a hardline stance on illegal immigration and gangs.

Sessions' chief of staff, Matthew Whitaker, will be acting attorney general, Trump said on Twitter.

Sessions, 71, was the first USA senator to endorse Trump, and in many ways he had been the biggest supporter of the President's policies on immigration, crime and law enforcement. "Oh", he said. Then, bracing for the inevitable questions from reporters, he gave his immediate reaction: "protecting Mueller and his investigation is paramount", he said.

Later, Schumer tweeted that the new acting AG, Whitaker, should recuse himself from the Russian Federation investigation. Sessions recused himself from the Russian Federation investigation quickly after being sworn into office.

Sessions had been under attack from Trump for more than a year, and has been rumored to be on the president's chopping block for some time now.

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A copy of Sessions' resignation letter said the move was "at your [Trump's] request".

So, clearly, Matthew Whitaker would make a sober, fair-minded, and trustworthy overseer of the Justice Department's transformation into Donald J. Trump's private detective agency.

The rift lingered for the duration of Sessions' tenure, and the attorney general, despite praising the president's agenda and hewing to his priorities, never managed to return to Trump's good graces. The New York Times speculated that bypassing Rosenstein "might clear the way for Mr. Trump to fire Mr. Mueller". Whitaker noted that federal regulations still gave the attorney general power over the budget for a special counsel.

Schumer declined to answer a question about what he would want to see in an attorney general nominee, while raising suspicions about Trump's decision to oust Sessions. He was also a U.S. Attorney in Iowa. "While the constitution grants the president the authority to dismiss his cabinet members, we will be keeping a close watch on the future of the special counsel's investigation and the impact of the appointment of a new Attorney General". Sessions has many Republican friends in the Senate. Trump tweeted Monday that "investigations of two very popular Republican Congressmen were brought to a well publicized charge, just ahead of the Mid-Terms, by the Jeff Sessions Justice Department". White House Chief of Staff John Kelly asked Sessions for his resignation.

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