Published: Sat, November 10, 2018
World News | By Laverne Osborne

Chris Christie being considered to replace Sessions as AG, report says

Chris Christie being considered to replace Sessions as AG, report says

Congressional Democrats on Thursday demanded emergency hearings in the U.S. House of Representatives to investigate President Donald Trump's ouster of Attorney General Jeff Sessions, calling the move an effort to undermine a federal probe into Russian meddling in the 2016 U.S. election.

Over 5,000 people raised hell in Union Square last night to protest the firing of Jeff Sessions and demand that Donald Trump's new attorney general recuse himself from the Russian Federation investigation.

Team leader with Indivisible Ogden, Pam Harrison, holds a sign on Thursday, Nov. 8, 2018, during a community protest against the firing of U.S. Attorney General Jeff Session by President Donald Trump alongside Washington Boulevard in Ogden.

That drew criticism from Democrats because Whitaker, who would now take over responsibility for overseeing Mueller and his investigation, has been critical of the Mueller probe, saying it should be scaled back.

There have been broad calls for Whitaker to recuse himself from the probe. "Why didn't they get him Senate-confirmed?" asked Trump. The president said critics are only objecting to Mr. Whitaker now because he appointed him. "I could say, 'That investigation is over". McConnell said that's not needed because the probe will be allowed to finish. Whitaker, who was serving as chief of staff for Sessions, was not serving a post that required Senate confirmation.

Trump then tried to take a shot against Mueller for not being "Senate confirmed" - while also claiming that Whitaker, the former USA attorney for Iowa, has been. Look for Whitaker to reduce Mueller's operating budget, pull lawyers and investigators now working on Mueller's team back to DOJ, refuse to authorize grand jury subpoenas or indictments, and/or push Mueller to wrap up the probe as soon as possible. "But I didn't know Matt Whitaker", Trump told reporters on the south White House lawn before departing for an global gathering in Paris.

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That belief is echoed by White House officials who also do not believe Whitaker needs to recuse himself, sources tell CNN. He added that Whitaker's role heading the Justice Department will be a brief one.

Whitaker has taken over from Jeff Sessions, who resigned Wednesday after months of pressure from President Trump to do so.

The mayor said the Senate's right tilt Tuesday night could pose a threat to the investigation.

Trump has repeatedly criticized Sessions for that decision, and the Attorney General's dismissal has been expected for a long time.

Demonstrators gathered outside the USA consulate in Vancouver on Thursday in support of special counsel Robert Mueller.

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