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With Sessions Out, Dems Fear for Future of Mueller Probe

With Sessions Out, Dems Fear for Future of Mueller Probe

President Donald Trump announced Wednesday that Matthew Whitaker would be appointed acting USA attorney general after Jeff Sessions resigned from the position just a day after the midterm elections.

Sessions took himself out of decision-making on the probe in March 2017 even after Trump dispatched the White House lawyer to persuade him not to do so, according to a person familiar with the matter.

The Democrats, who won the House in the mid-terms, have vowed to protect it. Senator Susan Collins and Mitt Romney said it should not be impeded in any way.

Mr Trump had wanted to fire Mr Sessions sooner, reported the Associated Press, but was persuaded by aides not to do so until after the midterm elections as it could have hurt the Republican party at the polls.

Democrats see this latest move as an attempt to do just that.

Sessions, fired by President Trump a day after Republicans lost control of the House in the midterm elections, left the seat in 2017 when he was nominated to head up the Justice Department.

Her words were echoed by Democratic party Senate leader Chuck Schumer, who added: "Clearly, the president has something to hide."

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She said the investigation into alleged Russian Federation collusion has been winding down for weeks prior to Sessions stepping down.

Mr Trump had made his unhappiness publicly known, griping that he would not have picked Mr Sessions for the post, had he known the Attorney-General would step aside to allow the "witch hunt" to go on.

Christie is a longtime friend of President Trump's and endorsed him after dropping out of the 2016 presidential campaign.

"Interference with the special counsel's investigation would cause a constitutional crisis and undermine the rule of law". We're filing FOIAs demanding answers about Sessions' replacement.

A Kremlin spokesman, Dmitry Peskov, on Thursday called Mueller's investigation a "headache" for USA authorities but said it "has nothing to do with us", and he declined to comment on Sessions' departure.

Protesters believe Sessions' resignation will lead to the undoing of Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into alleged collusion between Russian Federation and the Trump presidential campaign. Today, Graham did not seem to indicate any "holy hell" was on the way, saying in a statement: "I look forward to working with President Trump to find a confirmable, worthy successor so that we can start a new chapter at the Department of Justice and deal with both the opportunities and challenges our nation faces". Previously he was a conservative legal commentator who was critical of the scope of Mueller's probe.

There had already been hints that Robert Mueller's pre-election "quiet period" was about to come to an end.